7 St. Thomas大厦日前建成，作为零售商与商务办公的集合，该大厦汇聚了维多利亚时期建筑与当代建筑风格。六栋联排建筑与其后方3层建筑相互联结，其上坐立6层塔楼。其中底层作为零售商店，其他区域用作商务办公。该建筑设计注重设计品质，强调了生态环保意识和社会责任感。此次设计由设计师事务所Hariri Pontarini Architects与St. Thomas商业发展集团协作完成。
Hariri Pontarini Architects worked in close collaboration with St. Thomas Commercial Developments Inc. to design 7 St. Thomas, a building that harmonizes retail and commercial design through an inventive interplay of form and light, blending Victorian and contemporary materials to create a unified work. Six heritage townhouses are integrated into a three-storey podium, with a sinuous six-storey tower above. The development houses retail at ground level and condominium office spaces throughout, blending high design, ecological responsibility, and civic enhancement.
▼东南视角，view looking south-east
“我们将这次设计视作全球范围内的高品质建筑代表，并以此比肩位于伦敦和纽约的建筑。”Hariri Pontarini Architects事务所联合创始人David Pontarini说道。“St. Thomas商业发展集团主席Patrick Quigley希望借此推进多伦多的城市发展，并将当地建筑设计推向新高度。”
“We see this project as representative of the quality we see globally, in cities such as London and New York, but built locally”, stated David Pontarini, Founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects. “It is a testament to the willingness of Patrick Quigley, President of St. Thomas Commercial Developments, to push the City and the boundaries of design in Toronto.”
“It’s such a difficult process with the city,” Quigley explains. “But you end up with a much better project when you take contextual issues into consideration.”
▼维多利亚时期建筑与现代建筑的结合，the combination of the Victorian architecture and the modern architecture
坐落于繁忙的Bay社区，栖息于Sultan与St. Thomas大街的交叉口处，该建筑设计旨在充分通入当地社区环境，并致力于营造更好的城市环境。建筑从周围社区环境中剥离出来，以避开对住宅建筑光线和视线的遮挡。St. Thomas街角广场与Sultan沿街为密集的社区环境构建了公共活动空间。与联排建筑相连的塔楼底座，优雅地镶嵌在周围环境之中，玻璃与石材的合理比例让建筑立面效果凸显。新建的塔楼部分围裹在波浪起伏的玻璃幕墙内。它于底层维多利亚时期建筑后退，如同浮动在这一排历史建筑之上。
Located around the corner from the busy Bay/Bloor intersection at the corner of Sultan and St. Thomas Streets, the design was born from a desire to seamlessly integrate into the existing fabric of the neighbourhood and to contribute to the urban environment. The building peels back from neighbouring context to preserve the light and views of existing residential buildings. A piazza-like square at the corner of St. Thomas and along Sultan Streets form a public amenity in the densely built area. The podium wraps around and incorporates the heritage buildings, elegantly balancing the proportions and using glass and stone to contrast and enhance the existing façades. The tower is wrapped in an undulating fritted glass veil. Stepping back from the Victorian base, the tower appears to float above.
▼塔楼如同浮动在联排建筑之上，the tower looks like floating on the historic buildings
The heritage façades of the six row houses built in 1880 were meticulously restored by ERA Architects, returning the original charm to the masonry, windows, trim, dormers and sloped roofs. The entrances of the street oriented retail spaces were modified for inclusive accessibility while preserving the heritage character of the buildings. Inside the reconstructed town homes have been maintained as individual office suites, in order to preserve the quality of space within old homes and break-up the lower levels into smaller multi-level commercial suites creating a fine-grained street-level experience.
▼联排建筑经过精心修复已恢复原来风采，the heritage façades of the six row houses were meticulously restored and returned the original charm
7 St. Thomas是多伦多当地独具特色的商业建筑。其内部空间结构复杂又精致。由大理石铺面的接待大厅，其纯白光滑的色调搭配黑色镀铬线条，逐渐将空间水平视线拉伸开来，与律动和现代化的表达方式相统一，该大厅由Studio Munge设计。董事会房间融入科技手段和艺术装饰手法，各层洗手间为该层办公人员共享。该大厦设计满足各种商务活动需求。
7 St. Thomas is amongst the first of its kind in Toronto, offering exclusive commercial ownership. Common shared elements are refined and sophisticated. A marble-clad lobby, designed by Studio Munge, with a stark white pallet and graphic black chrome accents expresses the horizontal fluidity of the architecture through vertical lacquered panels, unifying in their wave-like motion and modernity. A board room with state of the art presentation technology and washrooms on each floor are common areas for the suite owners to share. The design allows for size adaptable suites to accommodate a wide array of businesses.
高性能玻璃幕墙搭配陶瓷色釉料减少了建筑热能损耗，大型雨水收集系统帮助建筑节约水资源利用，处理下水以及帮助屋顶灌溉。种种措施帮助建筑营造城市良好环境。得益于其置身于增长型社区中心的地理位置，与多条线路连通的便利交通，以及良好的步行及车行可达性， 7 St. Thomas大厦正逐渐回应着它对社区的贡献，为城市的可持续发展添一份力。
The building contributes to the urban environment through various features including high performance curtain wall with a ceramic frit that reduces thermal transmission, large capacity rain cisterns which feed back into the building’s grey-water system, and water-efficient green-roof terraces on the third and ninth floors. Capitalizing on its position in the midst of a growing residential neighbourhood, the close proximity to multiple transit lines and high acceptance of walking and cycling make 7 St. Thomas a functionally integrated development and model for urban sustainability.
▼外墙细节，detail of the curtain wall