The Governor General's Medal reflects the very best in Canadian architecture and we are grateful, humbled and honoured to be recognized for our work on 60_80 Atlantic. Yesterday, BDP Quadrangle and Hullmark received the Medal from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
The culmination of years of ideation, planning and building, 60_80 Atlantic sits in the heart of Toronto’s Liberty Village and reflects what modern, sustainable design should look like. Built on a former industrial site, the project represents a commitment to minimizing its carbon footprint as well as a firm belief that modernity and adaptability can be tools to preserve our heritage.
60 Atlantic takes a structure originally built in the late 19th century as a vineyards warehouse and breathes new life into it as a mixed-use building designed to be a hub for the neighbourhood. 80 Atlantic is Toronto’s first mass timber framed office building in over a century. This material selection is not only more sustainable than steel or concrete, but it is also fire resistant and highly durable. In concert with optimizing air flow, natural light capture, and the integration of electrical and communication systems, it's no surprise why we won.
Jointly administered with the Canada Council for the Arts, The Medal in Architecture reflects the wide range of thought and approach that Canadian architects are employing in their work. From academia and government to fine arts and Indigenous culture, Canadian architecture is making its mark on society and influencing how we work, reflect, and interact with one another. We congratulate all our fellow Medal winners and encourage you to take a look at the complete list here.
Congratulations to the entire team at BDP Quadrangle and our partners at Hullmark on this incredible achievement!