Glass helped Kohn Pedersen Fox and WZMH Architects beautifully harmonize new and old in Toronto’s financial core.
EY Tower architects Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and WZMH Architects aimed to meet ambitious sustainability goals and manage a sensitive historic reconstruction all in one project. Occupant wellbeing was a core design consideration for the team. Anticipating the effects of harsh Toronto winters on the building, the architects sought ways to prevent heat loss.
The EY Tower architects knew that glass selection would play an important role in honoring the past while creating an eye-catching, efficient addition to the Toronto skyline. Constructed in 1928, the 16-story Concourse Building would serve as the base of the new 40-story office tower. The building was clad in buff brick and limestone and adorned with intricately crafted Art Deco flourishes. Meanwhile, the design of the new tower incorporated slender vertical fins that would drape over the tower and down its east and west sides. The fins add dimensionality to the flat surface, while helping to control solar heat—but only with the right low-E coated glass solution.
The architects selected Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 and AG 50 low-E coated glass to clad the tower. SN 68 offers an extraordinary combination of high light and low heat transmittance—all with a neutral look. Meanwhile, AG 50 provides a hint of reflectivity to enhance the beauty of the new tower. The combined benefits of the Guardian SunGuard solutions enable breathtaking views of the city, plentiful natural light and optimal comfort for occupants in the EY Tower.
Completed in 2017, the EY Tower adds a new chapter to the neighborhood’s unique story. The decision to use Guardian SunGuard coatings helped the project meet its goals to artfully and efficiently mix past and present.