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Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Design Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC in collaboration with Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects Inc. / Architect of Record: B+H Architects


PCL Constructors Canada


The RBC Centre, a new landmark on the Toronto skyline and to be Canada’s first LEED® NC Gold tower, is the most innovative office building to be built in Toronto since the TD Centre. The building represents both design elegance and visionary innovation, incorporating a wide range of technologies to dramatically reduce costs and environmental impact including a green roof amenity, flexible raised flooring infrastructure, computer-controlled solar shading, sun-sensor controlled lighting and materials carefully chosen for quality and durability. The bold architecture is a statement of economic and social responsibility. This development disproves common misconceptions in the architecture and real estate industry by demonstrating that green buildings need not cost more; new ideas and advanced technology need not cost more. The RBC Centre offers a new flexible workspace that is more comfortable, embraces a commitment to environmental sustainability, and offers tenants lower costs (rent, fit-out and ongoing operating expenses). The result is a workplace that is not only an elegant addition to the Toronto cityscape, but one that exceeds its original vision of a sustainable workplace designed for human comfort. As a towering extension of Toronto’s core, the RBC Centre is a true gesture of inspiration, collaboration and city building.


What's with Toronto's obsession with glass? A good building for the purpose although the area is in need of some real texture now. It's what you expect of a North American city but a bit of stone and wood may soften the hard edges.

the bay adelaide centre designers should take a look at this building for their next project. this is a work of art.

"Love It"

why dont the windows open? how is that lead gold, when, without a full powered HVAC the building would die? sounds unsustainable to me. as an object, i love it. as a reusable piece of the city, i give it a hundred year lifespan, tops (and the most sustainable building is the one that lasts the longest, as we all know).

You know what would have been cool?

A hole right through the middle of the building with a garden up there.

Or different tinted window glass to create a random mosaic. Or a pattern of stripes.

Or the top 10 floors cantilevered out 30 or 40 feet.

Oh wait - they didn't do that.

They went with this.

The proportions are off. The podium's too tall. The tower's too short. But I like it overall.

There are plenty of fine details to this building, the glass is of high quality, it's LEED gold certified, and the night lighting is fantastic. It's a great contribution to the city.

From where I live, I only ever see the top ten floors or so of this building. It is a really fine addition to the skyline at a distance. The blue glow is surprisingly warm and authentic, and the slight angle and indent along the northeast side is a nice subtle detail.

at least it fits in with the rest of the straight towers.

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