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.
Knippers Helbig is supporting the design-build team led by EllisDon and Renzo Piano Building Workshop 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 hydroformed steel sheet cladding creating shades on the panel.
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.