Diamond Schmitt Architects will design a new office in downtown Toronto for Canada’s national newspaper. The 17-story Globe and Mail Centre will feature sequential stacking of alternate-sized floor plates interlaid with terraces to create a distinctive profile.
The 500,000-square-foot tower—outfitted with 10-foot-high windows capturing waterfront and skyline views—will occupy a 10-block grid of the former Town of York, where Toronto began. Artifacts and foundations from the 18th-century Berkeley House,discovered on an archeological dig, will be on display in the public areas.
Floors 13 through 17 will accommodate the Globe and Mail employees and operations. Level 17 will feature 15-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling vision glass, and a 300-seat multipurpose room with adjacent direct roof terrace access. Diamond Schmitt’s design also accounts for flexible workspace configurations to address current and future workplace needs.
The building is scheduled to break ground in October with occupancy slated for 2016.