I recently had an opportunity to take a look inside Corus Quay, the 500,000 sq ft headquarters of media giant Corus Entertainment. The LEED certified, high-tech facility was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects along with Quadrangle Architects who worked on the interiors.The building is receiving accolades for many things, but most notably for its unique art installations and its sustainable construction.
Reclaimed hemlock wood from a nearby 1910 ferry terminal wharf were used for some of the wall treatment on the main floor.
“Shoal” is an art installation by UK’s Troika spanning 160 feet along the ceiling of the public passageway. It is comprised of 467 individually-rotating acrylic fish-shaped objects controlled by custom-designed electronics.
Also by Troika, “Lightning Bolt” is 39 foot high sculpture located in the south facing atrium overlooking the dock and Lake Ontario. The central stem and branches are made from stainless steel and a high-tech polycarbonate cladding and contain 35,000 LEDs that glow bright white during the night.
A three-storey slide playfully connects the staff lounge with the main floor atrium.
One of the building’s main ‘green’ features is the 5-storey biofilter living wall, which along with its psychological benefits also improves the indoor air quality.
Natural daylight is provided to the building’s core spaces via the glass roof over the staff lounge.
The 8th floor bar lounge, which opens to a green roof terrace complete with patio furniture and gas barbeques, is also adjacent to a 102 seat theatre equipped with motorized blinds for daytime viewing.
A view of one of the staff kitchen/dining areas. In the background is the gallery corridor where rotating artwork created by Corus employees are displayed.
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