QRC West - Doors Open Toronto, 2017
The new building at Richmond and Peter entices passersby thanks to its cavernous, five storey (or 70 feet) atrium filled with soaring x-shaped delta frames.
"It's nice that it's almost an art installation in itself," says property manager Alicia Scott of the Queen Richmond Centre (QRC) West. Though the frames aren't just there for aesthetics; they're also an integral structural part of the building.
The QRC West is Allied Properties REIT's first new build. While the Toronto real estate company is well-known for restoring heritage properties, that component of its business isn't lost here. Architects at Sweeny &Co. incorporated the more than 100-year-old Weston factory - the original 134 Richmond - into a 17-storey tower.
With faded red bricks still visible in the lobby, other aspects of the bakery house - like its original wooden beams - are scattered throughout the massive 302,000 square-foot space. Most noticeable though, are the benches in the lobby.