Royal Canadian Military Institute

Toronto, Ontario

Client: Tribute Communities
Size: 265,000 sq.ft. (25,000 sq.m.)
LEED: Silver (candidate)

Zeidler is the architect for this 42-storey mixed use building which incorporates the historic University Avenue façade of the existing building. The first six and a half storeys are occupied by the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) with the balance of the building developed as a condominium with 315 residential units.

Our tower design is an elegant slender mass rising above the historic base. A vertical plane rises through the tower body and terminates as a landmark in the skyline. The strong horizontal lines of the glass balconies serve as a counterpoint to the vertical plane. Stone walls wrap the first six storeys, occupied by the RCMI, which serve to distinguish the private members institute from the residential condominium above and transition the materiality of the historic façade into the glass tower. A discreet ground floor treatment facing Simcoe Street elegantly conceals the building’s loading area.

Superbly located in close proximity to the subway and downtown Toronto, the development is targeting minimum LEED® Silver rating and is Toronto’s first car-free project.