November 29, 2012
by Canadian Architect
St. Thomas Commercial Developments Incorporated has launched 7 St. Thomas, a 93,000-square-foot luxury office condominium – one of the first of its kind in Toronto – located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, on the southeast corner of Sultan and St. Thomas Streets.
“7 St. Thomas is designed to appeal to a business or individual who wants to own their own luxury office space in a highly desirable residential neighbourhood in Toronto,” says Patrick Quigley, President, St. Thomas Developments Inc. “This approach has been highly successful in cities all over the world and is relatively new in the Canadian market. We’re excited to bring the concept to Toronto.”
Designed by award-winning architecture firm Hariri Pontarini, 7 St. Thomas will be a masterful combination of six existing heritage buildings, constructed in the 1880s, fully restored and modernized, complemented by a new contemporary glass tower.
The podium, part of the nine-storey tower, will wrap around the heritage buildings matching them in scale and proportion and using glass and stone to contrast and enhance the existing façades. The tower itself is wrapped in white fritted glass and undulates in response to the existing fabric of the site, allowing light to penetrate the space. The glass will feature a frieze motif derived from elements found in the original buildings.
“The glass tower was designed as a neutral backdrop to the existing heritage buildings in order to highlight their architectural and contextual character,” says David Pontarini, partner in charge at Hariri Pontarini Architects. “The design also contributes to the public realm, transforming Sultan Street from what is largely a servicing corridor into a pedestrian-friendly, urban piazza.”
The development will contribute to the urban environment through various features including a rain cistern, fritted glass for the reduction of glare and heat infiltration, and a roof covered with low-maintenance water-efficient vegetation. Capitalizing on its position in the midst of a growing residential neighbourhood, the building’s large bicycle storage system and close proximity to transit make it a model for urban sustainability.
7 St. Thomas is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014. Office suites (ranging from 620-93,000 square feet) can accommodate a variety of users, starting from $450,000.
For more information, please visit www.7stthomas.com.
7 st. thomas by hariri pontarini architects