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Richmond Adelaide Centre: 120 & 130 Adelaide West Recladding 
130 Adelaide St W, Toronto
Developer: Oxford Properties Group


Richmond Adelaide Centre: 120 & 130 Adelaide West Recladding | 137m | 35s | Oxford Properties | WZMH

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All the drawings are up in the Dev App site for this, by the way. Real shame to see the architectural diversity of our city core fall to flavour-of-the-moment re-cladding projects. Building envelopes have a finite lifespan, but there's no need to use glazing for every. Single. Last. Project.
 

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Do you have a link for the Development site? I can't see it in there.
 

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Awful. Just awful.

I used to work in 130 Adelaide and had no issue with the windows. They already are quite expansive and let in a lot of light. I don't see why they couldn't reclad in a manner sympathetic with the original design. These buildings are well-known, well-located and iconic within the financial district - I doubt they are hard to lease as-is.
 

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120 should of had some heritage protection if it doesn't already.

130 has me perplexed to go through with a complete reclad. As bad as this is, I would hate if this plan kept the superstructure of the facade. Most of that glass will be spandrel.
 
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I always thought that 130 (the Oxford Tower) was like our mini Willis Tower. It's always been one of my favourites in the financial district. I'm not a fan of this reclad at all -- the only advantage will be that the three towers in the complex will have matching cladding.
 

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Guess Oxford wants to make a sort of 'campus' of visually linked buildings.

Should keep 130 at the minimum- way too much blue glass otherwise.
The 120 reclad looks "somewhat" more respectful--unless they're intent on mirroring *that* up, too (unclear from the rendering).

Actually, 120 and 130 are *already* visually linked; the 1979 "Willis" has a black-spandrel cladding pattern that references the 1965 original. (And the latter's definitely of "heritage interest", as a groundbreaker not unlike 111 Richmond a decade earlier--Toronto's first real Seagram/PVM-style freestanding-tower-in-a-plaza, and its below-level shopping concourse was the first true seed from which the PATH grew)
 

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