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Quadrangle wins Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit for Hullmark Office

Stand-out building on Queen Street designed with etched stainless steel facade recalls image of predecessor lost to fire



Quadrangle was awarded at the biannual Toronto Urban Design Awards (TUDA) for the Hullmark office at 619 Queen in the Low-scale Buildings in Context category. This is the fifth Toronto Urban Design Award for the firm, and third consecutive award, including recognition for 60 Atlantic and CUBE Lofts.
With these awards, the City of Toronto acknowledges the significant impact that design has on Toronto’s appearance and livability. The award program is administered by the Civic Design team within City Planning's Urban Design section.
Replacing a heritage building destroyed by fire, Quadrangle designed a new two-storey commercial building that evokes the memory of its predecessor. The design team fronted a simple, curtain walled box with a stainless steel screen that is laser cut with the image of the former façade. This unique design conforms to Queen Street’s heritage conservation guidelines, sparks visual interest from the street, while at the same time revitalizing the streetscape with a thoroughly contemporary presence for the real estate developer client.
According to Quadrangle principal Richard Witt, “We’re particularly thrilled to receive this award from the City of Toronto because it truly acknowledges that the Hullmark building’s contemporary design successfully satisfied the heritage requirements while also making a future-positive contribution to the city.”