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Design Exchange

  • Location Toronto, Ontario
  • Client The Design Exchange
  • Architects KPMB Architects
  • Completion 1994
  • Size 40,000 ft² / 3,716 m²
  • Project type Culture, Heritage, Interiors, Museum / Gallery
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The Design Exchange (D/X) is an 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.

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.