Formerly known as BCE Place, Brookfield Place occupies an entire downtown city block. Including the 51-storey TD Canada Trust Tower and the 47-storey Bay-Wellington Tower in addition to several historically-designated buildings, the original city plan included a total of three towers. After reviewing commercial and public-use space requirements, we recommended that two taller office towers accommodate the private component with the remaining area addressing retail and public space needs.
The two tower lobbies and enclosed courtyard within the heritage precinct are merged with Allen Lambert Galleria—the design of which was the result of an international competition. Design architect Santiago Calatrava conceived this distinctive architectural marvel and it stands as the ultimate expression of modern urban aesthetic, commerce and culture. Built of steel and fully enclosed with glass, the galleria’s design is reminiscent of a country road lined with maple trees. It’s particularly stunning as the daylight streams through, creating intricate patterns along the concourse while under-lighting during the evening creates its own sense of drama. Breaking up the city skyline and highly visible from the street, this artful installation is a favourite backdrop for photos, TV and film productions.
The Galleria culminates at Sam Pollock Square, a sunny enclave covered with a canopy of intertwining steel arches and featuring a central fountain. Complementing the outdoor experience at Brookfield Place is the Garden Court. Inspired by New York’s Rockefeller Centre and designed by the late Scott Burton, this beautifully appointed outdoor patio is a favourite gathering spot for al fresco dining during the summer months. Brookfield Place is also served by ample underground parking and connects to the city’s underground retail pedestrian concourse which extends through the heart of downtown.