The United Building in Toronto will be North America’s tallest architectural heritage retention development.
The historic building will evolve to a 55-storey high-rise, which will highlight the restored heritage structure of the Maclean Publishing Company/Maclean-Hunter Building. During the 20th century, Maclean-Hunter grew to become the largest Canadian publisher of trade journals and the home to flagship Maclean’s Magazine, Chatelaine, and the Financial Post newspaper.
The United Building includes 20,833 m2 (224,245 sf) of commercial office space, and 3653 m2 (39,320 sf) of retail space up to the 10th floor where the 759-residential units begin. The front door of the building leads to the office and retail spaces. The residential condominium will include a separate entrance offering direct access to public transit from inside the building.
“The design of this building draws from the energy of its location at the intersection of the city’s primary cultural, institutional, and retail anchors as well as its preserved architectural cultural heritage,” said Mark Berest, principal of B+H Architects. “It is a tribute to Toronto’s cosmopolitan character and considers a new convergence of live, work, and play.”