Queen’s University – The Isabel
“See 175 Bloor in a New Light”
(tagline for this revitalization)
Located in a high-profile downtown Toronto location at the corner of Bloor and Church, this lobby/main floor atrium connects two high-rise commercial towers. A modernization of this lobby space (built in the 80’s) was desired that tied together existing elements of the surrounding towers.
The vision was to completely redo the lobby’s east elevation to flood the space with natural light. Key design criteria for this revitalization project included having “invisible support” for the large glass panels that were going to be installed and ensuring the new metal hardware used matched/respected the dark bronze accents within the existing lobby.
With a four-storey arched lobby entrance having a peak of 10.5m [35′] and a width of 8m [27′], Stella would need to provide a custom solution to preserve this architecture. Working within the overall original arch shape we created a unique engineered solution, a no-hole-in-glass system that achieved the designers’ vision of large glass panels with “invisible” support.
Learn about the minimal support system that was created in the engineered solution by clicking here to read our Insights Article
(before and after photos included!)