Canada’s biggest city just got more Danish as architectural company 3XN are about to design their third and newest addition to the emerging Bayside community in Toronto, Canada.
The first office building in Toronto’s emerging Bayside community, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, will be designed by Danish architectural company 3XN. The 10-storey structure will stand at 42 metres high and will become the tallest timber-office building, not only in Toronto, but in all of North America.
3XN was selected by international real estate firm Hines to design an office space as part of the unprecedented 2,000-acre revitalization initiative that is transforming Toronto’s waterfront.
“We are honoured to contribute to the development of this new neighbourhood in Toronto. 3XN believes in creating buildings that are focused on people and contribute to the public realm, which is our aim in this project as well. With T3 Bayside, we created flexible office spaces that can meet the requirements of a diverse group of tenants, both at the moment and in the foreseeable future,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder and Creative Director of 3XN.
The T3 Bayside building will offer a variety of functions as an office building, while also serving as a gateway to the community and neighbourhood, leading all visitors towards the new waterfront promenade and thus connecting the city of Toronto with Lake Ontario.
Using timber for the construction of the T3 Bayside building provides a lot of bonusses. It reduces the construction time, gives better acoustics and wood is by nature a breathable and absorbent material that allows the release of moisture and ensures a naturally regulated and healthy indoor environment.
“Canada, with its great forests, seems a natural place to build the tallest timber office building in North America and we are excited to be part of this development. The wooden structure will be a prominent part of the design and will provide a warm tactile environment for the tenants without compromising on sustainability. The flexible layout will be able to meet the diverse needs of the users and bring people together,” says Jens Holm, Partner in charge of 3XN North America and Head of Design for the T3 project.
3XN in Toronto
The new office building will be joining two other 3XN designs, the Aqualuna and Aquabella, and together the three buildings will be a big part of Toronto’s newest and most dynamic live-work-play community.
“I think we have been successful in Toronto, winning five competitions in the last couple of years, because of our design approach. The fact that we always put people at the centre of our designs and take both the building and the urban qualities into consideration, which has proven popular with both our clients and the local authorities. Our work is founded in ongoing research into how buildings reflect and inform human behaviour and the environment – this allows us to advance innovative solutions to contemporary challenges and to create buildings that contribute positively to a city,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen.
The Aqualuna was announced in May last year and will have 225 residential units. The unique Aqualuna is shaped as a landscape with two high points and a valley in between. And by shifting these two “peaks” slightly apart, the views to the water from each unit have been maximised.
“3XN is thrilled to be part of helping Toronto to reclaim its industrial waterfront and to integrate it into the city. Inspired by the scale and intimacy of a family home, we envision this new project as a vertical neighbourhood on the shores of Lake Ontario. The design puts people first, paying particular attention to the quality of views, space and lifestyle. The development will command extraordinary views of the water, neighbouring parks and the city skyline,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen.
Aqualuna’s neighbour, Aquabella, is an L-shaped building that is completely clad in generous balconies and terraces. The terraces enliven the building with texture, colour, depth and variety, and provide residents with substantial outdoor space and unobstructed views to the lake.
Terracing down to Lake Ontario, Aquabella set the stage for a planned green, liveable and vibrant community when it was first unveiled. By including a community centre, a basketball court, shops and restaurants to create urban spaces that are active, safe and humane, 3XN imbued the building with its strong architectural ethos – based in Scandinavian design principles – that puts people first and pays particular attention to the quality of the views, space and people’s lifestyles.
You can read more about 3XN in their company profile here.