Yorkville Plaza

Toronto, Ontario
65,000 m2 | 700,000 ft2
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

The legendary Four Seasons Hotel, originally designed by WZMH and built in 1971, was for many years a famed gathering place for celebrities and socialites, hosting weddings, galas and international events, including the Toronto International Film Festival. The hotel was a catalyst for Yorkville’s evolution into a luxury destination. Yorkville Plaza transforms this iconic building into high-end residences and complements it with the addition of a 40-storey glass tower and 11-storey boutique office building.

The new slender glass tower, with its emphasized verticality and angled, cantilevered upper levels, includes two condominiums with separate access and lobbies. The office building features a dynamic composition of staggered terraces on the north face that address the sensitivity of the setbacks and architectural scale along Yorkville Avenue. Unifying all three buildings, the contemporary two-storey glass and stone podium provides prominent high-end retail, sumptuous residential amenities, a striking water feature, and a living green wall. Honouring WZMH’s early interventions in the neighbourhood, Yorkville Plaza  maintains the distinctive through-site pedestrian laneways, and further supports the public realm by incorporating art installations, feature sculptures, enticing lighting, and a rich palette of materials.