CF Toronto Eaton Centre Pedestrian Bridge Opens to Public

We are proud to celebrate the delivery and opening of the new Cadillac Fairview (CF) Toronto Eaton Centre Pedestrian Bridge designed by London-based WilkinsonEyre and led by Zeidler. This project replaces the elevated Queen Street crossing between the Eaton Centre and the Hudson’s Bay building, a bridge that sees over 2 million crossings annually.

The design concept is based on a metaphorical ‘handshake’ between the two buildings it connects. The geometry of the bridge transitions from the circular arches found on the historic Hudson Bay façade into the rectangular forms of the more modern Eaton Centre. The dynamic, twisting motion of the bridge expressed by the unique glass forms and etched bronze panels emphasizes the union of past and present.

Zeidler is proud to be a part of this story and for continuing to work closely with CF since the completion of the Eaton Centre and original bridge in 1977.  For 40 years we have been working with our longstanding client on the revitalization of this Toronto landmark. Zeidler is further upgrading the entrance vestibules and storefronts on the building. We are also currently leading the restoration and expansion of 2 Queen West which will begin in early 2018. The repositioning of this main intersection and of the Eaton Centre enhances the public realm and pedestrian experience, and elevates the amenities of CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Hudson’s Bay, and Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Zeidler is proud to deliver this new civic landmark with our international partners and to continue the legacy of firm’s landmark projects into the 21st Century. According to Zeidler’s Senior Partner-in-Charge, Vaidila Banelis, “this project is the result of an incredible international team with designers from Canada and England, constructors from Canada and Germany as well as material supplied from Canada and across Europe.”

The WilkinsonEyre and Zeidler team include: Construction Manager, PCL Construction; Electrical & Lighting Engineer, Mulvey & Banani International Inc.; Structural Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers; Mechanical Engineer, Mitchell Partnership Inc; and Facade Consultants, Seele Inc. 

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SLC Wins Toronto Urban Design Award

The Ryerson Student Learning Centre has been recognized with a Toronto Urban Design Award in the 'Public Building in Context' category. The awards gala was held last night at Palais Royale and showcased many exciting projects contributing to the architecture and urban design of the city. 

For the SLC, the jury noted that the geometric patterns on the façade give the building a seemingly opaque skin from the outside, while maintaining an open feel from inside. To the west, the building continues the retail storefronts of Yonge Street. Overall, the building has a youthful, engaging feel that is appropriate to Ryerson University and to its downtown context on Yonge Street. 

Congratulations to all the winners and to those who worked on the project! 

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CIBC Breast Assessment Centre Wins Again!

Our design for the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre at Juravinksi Hospital was first recognized with an International Academy of Design & Health Award in 2012 for Best Future Health Project. Over the weekend the project was recognized with a second award, this time for Highly Commended International Health Project under 40,000m2.  Thomas Huebener from our Berlin office accepted the prize at the gala ceremony in Vienna, Austria. A huge congrats to the entire team who worked on this amazing project! 

To read more about the Centre please click here. 

 

 

Calgary Office Joins the Zeidler Brand

We are excited to announce that as of today, July 4, 2017, our Calgary office, which has been operating under the name ‘Zeidler BKDI Architects’, has joined our national brand and has now become Zeidler. This change reflects the growth and transformation of our firm and the synergies between our locations across Canada which prepare us to bring more value to you and our other clients and stakeholders.
 
The change will be mostly impact the Calgary office, reflected in marketing material, email addresses and other forms of communication, with mailing addresses and telephone numbers remaining the same.
 
We value our relationship with you and look forward to continued work together. We are confident the launch of Zeidler’s new national brand marks the beginning of a successful new chapter in the growth and impact of our work.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Director of Marketing, Tasha Bourdon (tbourdon@zeidler.com or 1-403-699-8440).

 

Brampton City Hall Expansion Wins Urban Design Awards!

We are very excited to announce that the Brampton Southwest Quadrant Renewal has won two Urban Design Awards for the categories of Best Central Area Project and an Award of Excellence for Healthy and Sustainable Building! 

Located in downtown Brampton adjacent to City Hall, this project provides new civic and City administrative space. By finally linking City Hall to busy Queen Street, the building revitalizes the urban core and reinforces the historic downtown as the ‘heart’ of the City. Building features in- clude a landscaped forecourt to a dramatic lobby with rose-patterned walls, pedestrian bridge over George Street, and publically accessible meeting rooms and workplaces. The building’s glazed façades and multiple entrances connect interior and exterior civic life both visually and symbolically. The project upholds the idea that architecture can be a catalyst for urban renewal.

To read more about the awards and other projects recognized please click here.