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Rack House D

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

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Project Name

Rack House D

Project Status



248,500 sq. feet


  • ERA Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Jablonsky, Ast
  • : Able Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer: Able Engineering
  • Interior Designer: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
  • Landscape Architect: Planning Partnership

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Project Description

Site A historic wine-storage building in Toronto’s Distillery District.

Program A 248,500-square-foot mixed-use tower.

Solution Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte Architectes reused a historic building as the base for a glass-enclosed tower. The existing building’s walls are perforated to incorporate a new hotel within its volume. Residential apartments are located in the tower, which is broken up in five-story increments by recessed terraces. The curtainwall increases in reflectivity as it rises to become more ephemeral. “It’s a bold engagement with an existing vernacular building,” juror Ann Beha said. “I think with a building like that you should feel … [that] it’s a massive, powerful building that was there and you should feel you can make a response that’s equally robust.” The contrast resonated with several jurors. “What I think is really great about this is it’s completely, uncompromisingly different,” juror Cathy Simon said. “It’s not just different materials, but it’s [a] different view of the contemporary.”
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