New Toronto Courthouse

Infrastructure Ontario
Renzo Piano Building Workshop Paris

To improve courthouse accommodation and service delivery, the Ministry of the Attorney General has assigned Infrastructure Ontario to deliver the New Toronto Courthouse. The new courthouse, located in the heart of the city of Toronto, will bring together under one roof several of Toronto's courts currently operating out of several locations.
knippershelbig is supporting the architects RPBW on the design of the building envelope comprising 15,520m² of glazed facade area. The building skin features three unique facade types that are designed to keep a high transparency while meeting high requirements in regards to energy efficiency and security standards: The unitized tower facade consists of vision glazing as well as opaque shadow boxes with an undulated steel sheet cladding creating shades on the panel increasing the plasticity of the facade.
A fully glazed, aluminum stick built facade encloses the podium level of the building and features cantilevering shading canopies as well as fritted glazing to comply with bird protection requirements.
The atrium is enclosed by a twin cable supported glass wall which spans over 19m from the ground to level 4 and is designed to withstand high blast impacts.