The Residences of 488 University

480 University Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Amexon Development Inc.

Units 453 
Storeys 55 
GFA 681,665 sq.ft. (Commercial Office & Residential) 

This  development  intensification  project  includes  major  enhancements  to  the  existing  18  storey  office building by incorporating a striking  new facade, exterior  skin, and a distinctive and sophisticated  three storey podium on one of Toronto’s oldest and grandest boulevards.

The project includes the addition of 37 storeys of residential condominiums and shared amenity space above the existing 18 storey office structure. A total of approximately 453 residential units are proposed within a mix of one-bedroom units to three-bedroom family units.  Two full floors will be dedicated to 3,251 m2 of shared amenity space.

The total area of office space within the existing building is proposed to be retained as part of the development intensification project.  The ground  floor  of the  three storey  podium  will  continue  to  accommodate  retail  and service commercial  uses accessible from  University  Avenue.   A direct connection to the TTC and St. Patrick subway station has been accommodated in the design.  Residents will enjoy a private driveway on Simcoe Street for pickups and drop-offs. 

The recessed footprint of  the  existing  building enabled  the  structural  engineers  to  introduce new  vertical structural steel columns all along the exterior  face of the building on all four exposures that go vertically  down to sound rock. 

These new vertical structure columns surrounding the existing building will support the new residential floors independently of the existing building structure.  There are also new horizontal perimeter steel beams along the face of the existing building exterior and cross bracing to attract the lateral load from the additional residential floors.    Long span transfer beams will be utilized in the 20th floor.   These transfer beams will distribute the load of the new tower directly to the new vertical steel structure that surrounds the existing building.  The new vertical structure will go down to the foundation rock without stressing any of the existing structure.

Overall the mixed-use project will possess a total gross floor area of approximately 65,021 m2 comprising of 26,306m2.  of the  existing retained   commercial building  and 38,714m2 of the new  residential area.

2015 International Property Awards
High-Rise Canada

2015 International Property Awards
Architecture Multiple Residence Canada

Interior Design by IIBYIV