19 Duncan Street

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Client

    Westbank Corp. and Allied Properties

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Under Construction

  • Size

    455,230 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

19 Duncan Street combines a 57 storey tower with the heritage-designated Southam Press Building built in 1908. The redevelopment renovates and adds office space to the site, with the majority of the tower comprised of rental apartments. The new building extends beside and over the existing 5.5 storey brick structure. To retain the visual integrity of the historic building, the two storey addition above is recessed at the first floor, with the second to fourth floors extending to a two-metre setback from the edge of the façade below. A green roof atop this addition is an amenity for the office space. The street level is enlivened by a restaurant sidewalk patio, accessed through new windows and doors respectfully cut into the existing architecture.

Project Facts

  • Client

    Westbank Corp. and Allied Properties

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Under Construction

  • Size

    455,230 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

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The 19 Duncan Street project includes the redevelopment of the historic Southam Press Building, a five-storey heritage office building constructed in the early twentieth century. The red brick cladding with stone, wood, and terracotta detailing will be restored and incorporated into the new design of 19 Duncan Street.

The 19 Duncan Street project includes the redevelopment of the historic Southam Press Building, a five-storey heritage office building constructed in the early twentieth century. The red brick cladding with stone, wood, and terracotta detailing will be restored and incorporated into the new design of 19 Duncan Street.

The new building stretches beside and over the existing 5.5-storey brick structure, extending the structure vertically by 57 storeys and activating the ground level with a new Duncan Street frontage.

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The new building stretches beside and over the existing 5.5-storey brick structure, extending the structure vertically by 57 storeys and activating the ground level with a new Duncan Street frontage.

19 Duncan Street features vertical fins of varying widths that provide shade and minimize glare while accentuating the elegant proportions of the building. 

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19 Duncan Street features vertical fins of varying widths that provide shade and minimize glare while accentuating the elegant proportions of the building. 

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With more than a quarter of the development assigned to office space, and a significant portion of the residences sized for families, 19 Duncan Street meets the City of Toronto’s goals to add mixed-use, sustainable density, in close proximity to a subway station.

With more than a quarter of the development assigned to office space, and a significant portion of the residences sized for families, 19 Duncan Street meets the City of Toronto’s goals to add mixed-use, sustainable density, in close proximity to a subway station.

The design meets current energy code guidelines through a ratio of 40:60 window to solid construction.

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The design meets current energy code guidelines through a ratio of 40:60 window to solid construction.

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Our inspiration for the interior design of 19 Duncan comes from the rich metals and natural wood of the traditional letter press, responding to the history of the building and its former use. 

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Juxtaposed against a backdrop of clean, minimal lines and forms, the design strikes a balance between the history and the rebirth of this development with sculptural forms based on the printing press and letterpress kits. 

Our inspiration for the interior design of 19 Duncan comes from the rich metals and natural wood of the traditional letter press, responding to the history of the building and its former use. 

Juxtaposed against a backdrop of clean, minimal lines and forms, the design strikes a balance between the history and the rebirth of this development with sculptural forms based on the printing press and letterpress kits. 

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Creating a playful rhythm, the fins cause one’s perception of the building to vary according to different viewing angles. Balconies and breaks in the façade add subtle detail. The fins run from the base to the top of the tower, enclosing two storeys of mechanical infrastructure.

Creating a playful rhythm, the fins cause one’s perception of the building to vary according to different viewing angles. Balconies and breaks in the façade add subtle detail. The fins run from the base to the top of the tower, enclosing two storeys of mechanical infrastructure.