As 19 Duncan Rise, the glazing installation began


Construction is well underway at the Westbank Corp and Allied Properties REIT project at 19 Duncan Street. The development brings a mix of uses including office, dining, rental and hotel space at the southeast corner of Duncan and Adelaide streets in Toronto’s entertainment district. The tower designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects will rise to 58 stories, one of the first buildings in the region to exceed its largely uniform skyline height where most buildings rise to around 47 stories.

South to 19 Duncan, image via submission to City of Toronto

The base of the building will feature the preserved north and west facades of the Southam Press Building constructed in 1908, with the heritage preservation of the complex overseen by ERA Architects. As of our last update in June, the seventh floor of the building’s podium had been formed and could be seen rising above the heritage facades. Now construction has continued to the top and the tenth floor is being formed.

The tenth floor is being formed, image by UT Red Mars Forum contributor

Glazing also began to be installed on the lower levels of the building, with a curtain wall being affixed to almost the entire exterior of the base of the building and the first level of the podium. White fins separate each window, acting as solar shades to reduce heat transfer, thus improving the thermal performance of the building.

The glazing begins to be installed, image of the contributor of the Forum UT Red Mars

The podiums are intended to become the new Toronto home for media giant Thomson Reuters. The levels which rise above will be mainly made up of rental accommodation furnished for this purpose, with the exception of levels 52 to 55 which will be reserved for a set of 40 hotel suites. Some retail / restaurant spaces will be on the ground floor.

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Related companies:

Allied Properties REIT, ANTAMEX, Cushman & Wakefield, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc., Rebar Enterprises Inc, Terraprobe Inc, VDF Vertical

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