Size: 40,000 s.f.
The Design Exchange (D/X) is a new institution dedicated to the economic and cultural promotion of design in Canada and internationally. Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, the D/X inhabits the former Art Deco Stock Exchange and the base of the Ernst Young Tower, the fifth tower in the expansion of Mies van der Rohe's Toronto Dominion Centre. The design challenge related to transformation and clarification of the existing layout of heritage and contemporary structures to accommodate a diverse program of exhibitions and events to promote, interpret, and explore the nature of design.
A scheme of bold linear interventions comprising walls, ceiling planes, and stairs define the public route through the spaces and create a distinct architectural presence for the D/X. Forms and details, such as the new bridge/stair on the Trading Floor and the catwalk/stair in the Resource Centre, are reiterated to create continuity through the existing structures.
The historic Trading Hall of the Stock Exchange is restored as a multi-purpose space with retractable auditorium seating for 450 people. It is also used for exhibits, trade shows, fashion shows, special events and banquets. The new Bridge/Stair creates a connection between the Trading Floor, the Third Floor Gallery and the Resource Centre, and acts as a dramatic view platform to the restored Charles Comfort murals.
The material palette is understated but bold, comprising stone, sandblasted crystal glass and stainless steel to refer to materials common to both heritage and contemporary structures. The colour scheme of chartreuse, ochre and azure is inspired by the restored Charles Comfort murals on the Trading Floor and featured in each space of the D/X.
234 Bay St, 4th Floor South, Toronto Dominion Tower, Toronto
Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in -harge), Siamak Hariri (associate-in-charge), Todd Macyk (project architect), David Jesson, Karen Petrachenko, Kelly Lem, Mike Poitras, Anthony Provenzano, Mitchell Hall
Yolles Partnership Ltd. (structural), Merber Corporation (mechanical), Carinci Burt Rogers Engineering (electrical), James F. Vermeulen Cost Consultant Inc. (cost consultant), Brian Arnott Associates (audio-visual), Paul Mathiesen Light & Design (lighting), Morrison Hershfield (fire and life safety), Donald Kaufman (colour consultant), Gottschalk + Ash (signage), Valcoustics Canada Ltd. (acoustics)
- 1997 Governor General's Award of Merit
- 1997 Ontario Association of Architects Award, Honourable Mention
- 1995 Architectural Record, Record Interiors Award
- 1995 Toronto Historical Board, Certificate of Commendation