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171 Front Street (Union Centre Tower)

On Hold , Toronto, Ontario
Design Architect: BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Client: Allied Properties REIT/Westbank
Categories: Commercial | High-Rise
About project
About project

Flexible and technologically advanced office space make Union Centre Tower a highly desirable workplace for tech and entrepreneurial industries

Adamson is the Executive Architect for this new office tower designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group). Sited between the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Union Station, the project consists of approximately 118,700 m² of new commercial development, comprising a 52-storey tower with 37 storeys of office space, three storeys of retail/service commercial uses, a live performance and presentation venue, and support functions including a grand main lobby, amenities, and mechanical space. Parking, servicing, and loading is located below grade. The building’s primary function is to provide high-end, flexible and future-proof office space that draws from its adjacency to the data centre as well as its immediate connections to public transportation.

The tower also provides three storeys of space for the planned expansion of the existing data centre at 151 Front Street West and provides an additional five storeys as flexible office space which can also be converted for potential further expansion of the data centre in the future. The live venue will be a major attraction for entertainment and corporate/conference users and will further animate the site. The venue will have a capacity of 2,000 people and a gross floor area of 5,400 m².

The building uses are organized around the reconfigured Station Street and encourage a strong pedestrian and transit connections to the site and the surrounding area. Access to transit facilities will be improved through the development, including external at-grade facilities as well as the PATH (SkyWalk) connections.

Green walls cover the lower levels facing south, while the top of the tower is terraced, providing planted outdoor amenities and a green roof.


Location: Toronto, Ontario
Design Architect: BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Executive Architect: Adamson Associates Architects
Client: Allied Properties REIT/Westbank
Size: 1,278,000 sf / 119,000 sm
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Office High-Rise
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Data Centre expansion
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PATH connection
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Access to Transit
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Live Performance Venue
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Completion: On Hold