renzo piano building workshop to complete new toronto courthouse

renzo piano building workshop to complete new toronto courthouse

renzo piano building workshop (RPBW) has been selected to complete toronto’s new courthouse, a project that will mark the firm’s first in canada. situated in the city’s downtown core, the development will consolidate several currently disparate facilities and unite them within one building. located just steps from nathan phillips square and toronto city hall, the project will form a key part of the downtown civic precinct.

RPBW toronto courthouse
the design seeks to maximize exterior public space
image by pixelflakes © RPBW (main image © RPBW)



developed in partnership with NORR architects & engineers, RPBW’s design seeks to maximize exterior public space by improving the building’s adjacent streetscape. in turn, this helps strengthen the relationship between the courthouse and the city. a main feature of the scheme is a 20 meter-tall atrium enclosed by a highly transparent glazed façade. RPBW, NORR, and construction firm EllisDon were selected to complete the project by infrastructure ontario and the ministry of the attorney general. the project is on track to complete by 2022.

RPBW toronto courthouse
a main feature of the scheme is a glazed 20 meter-tall atrium
image © RPBW

RPBW toronto courthouse
construction on the project is set to get underway, with completion scheduled for 2022
image by pixelflakes © RPBW

  • Note how Piano’s design relates to 270 Park Avenue in New York, the headquarters SOM built for the Union Carbide company in the mid-1960s. Chase plans to demolish 270 Park to put up a much larger building — when what they have in their destructive little hands is one of the best corporate buildings ever built in the U.S. Strange irony: apparently housing as many workers as possible on one site is more important that the possession of a building that perfectly symbolizes corporate power. Workers are disposable, so are buildings…

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