77 Wade Avenue
Toronto / Ongoing / 150,000 sf
77 Wade Avenue, located in Toronto’s Bloordale Village, will be a purpose-designed and built office and collaboration environment for the new digital age industrial worker, a prototype for a mid-rise building, using a hybrid structure that includes mass timber. Developed and managed by Next Property Group, at 8 storeys and approximately 150,000 sf, it will be the tallest modern mass timber office/commercial building in Canada, targeting LEED Gold certification.
The inherent warmth of the exposed structure will be showcased through the exposed wood in the composite NLT, concrete and steel assembly creating highly desirable environments for today’s office occupants. Unlike the construction of 20th century post and beam buildings, construction of 77 Wade optimizes the use of a mass-timber hybrid structural system by way of pre-fabricated components and just-in-time delivery and construction practices to achieve spans of traditional concrete and steel superstructure projects. The development and design of the project maximizes and streamlines the inherent structural and aesthetic qualities of exposed wood construction in a new and modern way; ultimately showcasing both our Canadian talent pool and our renewable natural resource.
The approach to the building is unified with an origami geometry soffit and organic front entry that extends up the building’s curtain wall envelope creating a folded plain to expose the innovative structure within. Perched above the form is a wood canopy that provides shading for the outdoor amenity/social spaces. The vehicular parking area is tucked under the rear of the building, while a large green wall clad bike shed is situated to the south, providing a backdrop to an outdoor plaza, connecting pedestrians and cyclists from the site to the nearby West Toronto Railpath and the multi-use trail that runs adjacent to the Union-Pearson Express and Kitchener GO Train rail corridor. The overall design will celebrate the advanced use of mass-timber construction.
Renderings by KLOKWERKS DIGITAL INC., Cicada and Canam