Yonge Eglinton Centre
IBI Group provided interior design and architecture services for the redevelopment of the Toronto Yonge Eglinton Centre to help prepare for anticipated future growth and renew the aging complex. In addition to making a significant design statement, the centre taps into existing urban infrastructure, utilizes current sustainable practices, and intensifies the use of public transit.
ClientRioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Sustainable, modern city-building in Toronto’s midtown neighbourhood
Toronto’s Yonge Eglinton Centre is a classic, urban renewal project that creates a cohesive development, integrating the entire centre with the Yonge Eglinton neighbourhood. Located at the edge of the central business district, the project mediates between local scale and materials and the commercial towers of the downtown core.
The IBI design team proposed the complete renovation of all public areas of the project, including enhancing the public realm and subway access to the centre; a significant retail addition at the corner of Yonge & Eglinton concurrent with the creation of a new and improved subway plaza; and the addition of seven storeys to the Yonge Commercial tower and five storeys to the Eglinton Commercial tower. The Yonge Eglinton Centre was in continuous operation throughout the renovations.
The most visible part of the development is the glass clad retail addition, with a glass atrium fronting on the open plaza facing Yonge Street. The glass atrium functions as the mini hub, providing connection with the existing basement through the new retail floors and public accessible amenity roof garden. The reduced but highly improved, well-proportioned open plaza acts as a venue on Yonge Street, providing use of day-to-day sitting, people watching, small outdoor concerts, and an open-air market.
The newly designed Yonge Eglinton Centre makes a significant design statement, taps into existing urban infrastructure, utilizes current sustainable practices, and intensifies the use of public transit, comprising the goals of sustainable, modern city building.
Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.
Associate, Sr. Project Manager
Saif Zaidi is an Intern Architect (OAA) with over 15 years of comprehensive experience in architectural and interior design projects, responsible for concept and design to drawings through to execution. He has demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing, designing, contract management, project management, and business development.
Saif is the team lead for Hospitality & High-Rise Residential Interiors and has designed projects ranging from small residences to large scale mixed-use, retail, corporate office interiors, high-rise residential and hospitality. Working on design-build module projects has enabled him to provide practical design solutions and coordinate with multidisciplinary trades more effectively. His attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills ensure that every project he works on is completed on schedule and to the highest possible standard.