Oxford Properties has announced plans to develop The HUB, a new 1.4-million square foot commercial tower in Toronto's South Core neighborhood at 30 Bay Street. UK-based architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners won a competition in 2017 to design The HUB. Named for its proximity to the Harbour, Union Station and Bay St., The HUB will be a dominant fixture on Toronto's skyline.
Speaking as the first images of the building were released, Graham Stirk, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: “We are excited to have this opportunity to design a landmark building for Toronto’s skyline. Our design brings together many key elements of our work, including structural steelwork, transparency, and connectivity to the urban fabric around it, to form an office in harmony with its surroundings. 30 Bay Street has a unique and innovative structure which allows the building to hover above the Toronto Harbour Commission Building, creating a unique and harmonious relationship between the two buildings, and bringing a lively diversity to the downtown area. Our structure also enables the creation of column free office space and opportunities for multi-storey atria through the tower which will provide a high quality working environment for the building’s tenants.”
Richard Paul, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: "I am delighted to be working with Oxford Properties on our first Canadian high rise in Toronto. The 30 Bay Street site provides an excellent opportunity to continue strengthening the urban linkage and public realm between the downtown core and the waterfront.”
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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, RSHP has attracted critical acclaim and awards with built projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.
The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with some of architecture’s highest awards, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre.
The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 but over time evolved and in 2007 the decision was made to rename the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to reflect the vital contributions of Graham Stirk, designer of the award-winning Leadenhall Building, and Ivan Harbour, designer of the Stirling prize winning West London Maggie’s Centre. The practice now has 13 partners, with several long-standing members of the practice being named partners in 2015. Together, they represent the inherent continuity and consistency of the philosophy which the practice applies to all its work.