Size: 17,000 s.f.
The design concept for the offices of Gluskin Sheff & Associates reflects the high standards of excellence the firm continues to demonstrate in investment performance, client service, public image and sensitivity to the emotional and physical needs of its staff. The design creates a system of open and closed spaces that respectively foster interaction and team synergy and allow for concentrated individual or group performance. The design concept creates a serene environment that balances the intensity of day to day investment activity.
Located on the 46th Floor of the Bay-Wellington Tower at BCE Place, the floorplate of two merging octagons is conceptualized as an urban plateau with visual connections to Lake Ontario, the Financial Core, and the distant horizon beyond. Two opaque high-rise cores, clad in beech wood, anchor the plateau. The perimeter of full-height curtain wall glazing is maximized for panoramic views. Each corner is expressed as an organic form - curve, wave, oval and shell – for departmental identity and orientation.
Materials and colours associated with more traditional corporate interiors – dark wood paneling, bronze, leather, and tobacco – are translated in a lighter idiom in the corporate and client-related spaces. The floors of the elevator lobby and reception area are finished in French limestone. Elm wood is used for the floors of major circulation areas and the boardroom.
Throughout the scheme, walls and screens create degrees of transparency. Custom-designed work enclaves are constructed of powder-coated steel frame units, sandblasted glass, and maple. Clear glass is used for the doors of enclosed spaces to provide acoustic isolation while maintaining visibility and openness.
46th Floor of Wellington Tower, 181 Bay Street
Brookfield Place, Toronto Ontario
Gluskin Sheff & Associates
Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Marianne McKenna (partner-in-charge), Mitchell Hall, David Poloway, Glenn MacMullin, Karen Petrachenko
Merber Corporation (mechanical and electrical engineers), Brian Arnott Associates (audio-visual systems), Suzanne Powadiuk Designs (lighting)