*Project led by Barry Charnish while employed at a previous firm.
Kohn Pedersen Fox as Design Architect, B+H Architects as Executive Architects
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
185-m (607 ft) tall to roof, 43 floors, total floor area of 112,900 m² (1,215,000 ft²
Structural Engineering Consultant
2011 – SAB Award Winning Project, Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine
2010 – Tall Commercial Award of Excellence, Toronto Urban Design
2010 – Commercial/Institutional (Runner Up), People’s Choice Awards for Architecture
2010 – Sustainable Concrete Construction, Ready Mix Concrete Association of Ontario
RBC Centre is the commercial portion of a two-tower office and residential complex in Toronto’s financial district. Recognized for its striking architecture, the Centre features a shield-like vertical slice topped with a four-storey glass-clad lantern, adding a distinct presence to Toronto’s downtown skyline. RBC Centre is Canada’s largest office tower to receive LEED® Gold certification for interior construction and design.
Under-floor air and electrical distribution let designers omit ordinary office ceilings. The exposed ceilings allow the structure to act as architecture. The perimeter of the building is column-free: the slabs cantilever 4.5 m (15 ft).
The curtain wall includes lighting shelves to direct light inside, while exposed concrete surfaces help distribute indirect light throughout offices. Operable windows augment ventilation throughout the building.
Challenge: The design had to contribute to indoor environmental quality for the building to attain LEED® Gold certification.
Solution: To promote maximum distribution of natural light to the interior of the building, the design called for full-height glass. The floor plate was built using flat slab construction with a 4.5-m cantilever, which provided the opportunity to form the slab with a thin edge that permits glass from floor to ceiling.