National Trade Centre at Exhibition Place

Toronto, Ontario

In Joint Venture with: Dunlop Farrow Inc.
Client: Exhibition Place
Size: 735,000 sq.ft. (68,000 sq.m.)

Reflecting the architectural history of Exhibition Place while also de ning its future, the National Trade Centre is a major North American facility with a total of 1,086,000 square feet of exhibition space. Looking along Princes Boulevard, the eastern portion of the Centre has a matching elevation to the existing Automotive Building, with similar massing, material and length. After the first 500 feet of symmetry, the remaining 900 feet take the form of a slight curve with four glass towers punctuating its length. The 1,400-foot long Grand Concourse joins the activity of the Centre’s function with those of Princes Boulevard.

The Exhibit Hall is a continuous space providing 518,000 square feet of usable space that can be divided into four separate halls. A swing space connects the Exhibit Hall to the existing Coliseum and industry buildings and provides an additional 405,000 square feet of exhibit space. An underground link connects the Exhibit Hall to the Automotive Building and its 163,000 square feet of space.

The project involved the construction of the Exhibit Hall, the swing space between the Exhibit Hall and Coliseum and industry buildings, the underground link, one level of underground parking for 1,294 cars and surface parking for 166 vehicles; as well as renovations to the Coliseum and industry buildings and extensive landscaping. It has won an award for Architectural Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects.


  • Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI) Awards of Excellence - Honourable Mention, 2002
  • Toronto Architecture & Urban Design Award, 2000
  • Ontario Association of Architects - Architectural Excellence Award, 1999
  • Design Exchange National Post Design Effectiveness Awards - Finalist, Grand Projects, 1998
  • Canadian Institute of Steel Construction - Ontario Steel Design Award, 1997