FACELIFT FOR 619 QUEEN STREET August 2016
The new three-storey building is situated in a historic part of Toronto, which is lined by Victorian-era buildings. Buildings from this period are adorned with ‘eye-browed’ windows and crenulated brick and sandstone features.
A fire destroyed the original Victorian building in 2008, which was then demolished. The site remained dormant for four years until it was bought in 2012 by Hullmark Developments.
Permission was granted for the development, subject to satisfying challenging Heritage Conservation District (HCD) guidelines. As a result, Quadrangle Architects were tasked with creating a scheme that reflects the Victorian era and respects the history of the local community.
In satisfying the guidelines, architects proposed the combination of a modern, glazed curtain walled structure, overlaid with a decorative, external perforated screen which would mimic the appearance of the original building.
As the world’s leading solar shading and screening specialist, Levolux was approached to develop a custom screening solution to be applied across the north-facing elevation of the building.
The solution comprises 53 perforated, polished stainless steel panels, each measuring up to 1.14 metres in width by up to 2.1 metres in height. The panels are fixed to an aluminium carrier system, which is in turn secured back to curtain walling, using the popular Triniti bracket. The Triniti bracket delivers a comprehensive thermal break, in addition to excellent isolation of unwanted noise and vibrations.
Each perforated panel is formed from a 2mm thick stainless steel sheet, which is individually finished with an intricate pattern of perforations. Six different diameters of perforations were used in both the panels and supporting structure to further refine the pattern. When the panels are combined together, they create a ‘ghost’ image of the original Victorian building.
Panels have been given a polished satin bronze finish, which reflects a similar appearance to the original scheme.
Now complete, the new 619 Queen Street West has risen from the ashes of its predecessor. By embracing cutting-edge technology, such as the screening solution from Levolux, it signals the future, while paying tribute to the past.