7 St. Thomas

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2018

  • Size

    26,000 Sq. Ft

  • Partner

  • Client

    St. Thomas Commercial Developments

7 St. Thomas harmonizes retail and commercial design through an inventive interplay of form and light, blending Victorian and contemporary materials to create a unified work. Six heritage townhouses are integrated into a three storey podium, with a sinuous six storey tower above. The podium wraps around and incorporates the heritage buildings matching them in scale and proportion, using glass and stone to contrast and enhance the existing façades. The development houses retail at ground level and condominium office spaces throughout, blending high design, ecological responsibility, and civic enhancement.


The building peels back from neighbouring context to preserve the light and views of existing residential buildings. Located around the corner from the busy Bay/Bloor intersection, the design was born from a desire to seamlessly integrate into the existing fabric of the neighbourhood and to contribute to the urban environment. Capitalizing on its position in the midst of a growing residential neighbourhood and its close proximity to multiple transit lines, 7 St. Thomas is a functionally integrated development and model for urban sustainability.


Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2018

  • Size

    26,000 Sq. Ft

  • Partner

  • Client

    St. Thomas Commercial Developments

Select Awards

  • 2018 – Architizer A+ Awards Jury Choice Award Detail - Plus Architecture + Glass

  • 2018 – Architizer A+ Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Office - Mid Rise

Recent Press

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A piazza-like square at the corner of St. Thomas and along Sultan Streets form a public amenity in the densely built area.

A piazza-like square at the corner of St. Thomas and along Sultan Streets form a public amenity in the densely built area.

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Physical Model Study

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Physical Model Study

The nine-storey building contributes to the urban environment through various features including a high performance curtain wall with a ceramic frit that reduces thermal transmission, large capacity rain cisterns which feed back into the building’s grey-water system, and water-efficient green-roof terraces on the third and ninth floors.

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The nine-storey building contributes to the urban environment through various features including a high performance curtain wall with a ceramic frit that reduces thermal transmission, large capacity rain cisterns which feed back into the building’s grey-water system, and water-efficient green-roof terraces on the third and ninth floors.

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The curved white glass curtain wall affords unobstructed views for the upper levels. Ceramic frit minimizes solar heat gain while the glass is designed to retain heat in the winter, lowering cooling and heating costs.

The curved white glass curtain wall affords unobstructed views for the upper levels. Ceramic frit minimizes solar heat gain while the glass is designed to retain heat in the winter, lowering cooling and heating costs.

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The tower is wrapped in fritted glass and undulates in response to the existing fabric of the site, allowing for light penetration. The contrast between the solidity of the red brick heritage houses below with the translucent permeability of the glass tower—which steps back and floats above the Victorian frontages - highlights both typologies.

The tower is wrapped in fritted glass and undulates in response to the existing fabric of the site, allowing for light penetration. The contrast between the solidity of the red brick heritage houses below with the translucent permeability of the glass tower—which steps back and floats above the Victorian frontages - highlights both typologies.

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Select Awards

  • 2018 – Architizer A+ Awards Jury Choice Award Detail - Plus Architecture + Glass

  • 2018 – Architizer A+ Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Office - Mid Rise

Recent Press