77 Wade Avenue, located in Toronto’s Bloordale Village, designed by Bogdan Newman Caranci (BNC), will be a purpose designed and built office and collaboration environment for the new digital age industrial worker. Developed and managed by Next Property Group, this building will be a prototype for a mid-rise (between 6 and 10 storeys) office building, using a hybrid structure including mass timber.
At 7 storeys and approximately 150,000 sf, 77 Wade Ave will be the tallest modern mass timber office / commercial building in Canada, targeting LEED Gold.
The inherent warmth of exposed wood structure will be showcased through the use of composite mass timber, concrete and steel structural assemblies to create 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 akin to traditional concrete and steel superstructure projects.
The development and design of 77 Wade 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 wood resource. The building’s envelope will predominately be clad in a folded plain curtain wall to expose the innovative structure within, while also adding a dynamic form to the overall mass. The approach to the building is unified with an origami geometry soffit and organic front entry, retail and flexible collaboration spaces. Perched above the form is a wood canopy that creates shading for the outdoor amenity / social space. The rear of the building will have a sunken parking area as well as a unique bike storage feature, connecting pedestrians and cyclists though the site, from the adjacent GO Barrie line corridor, which will include an elevated Metrolinx line and linear park with Multi-Use Trail.
The overall design will celebrate the advanced use of mass-timber construction within the ever-evolving architecture of Canada.