Pier 27 is an example of iconic architecture that enriches the public realm while raising the bar for future development on the lake. Four articulated pier buildings are arranged on a north-south axis, each pair of piers connected by a three-storey cantilevered ‘bridge’ that evokes the gantries used to load and off-load ship cargo on Toronto Harbour. The fifth element of the development is a slender tower marking the northern perimeter of the site on Queen’s Quay East.
The result is an arrangement of forms that frames views of the lake from Yonge Street and gives pedestrians access the public promenade that will run along the water’s edge. To maximize lake views, the piers pivot slightly off the north-south axis on upper floors; in the bridge component, all units have views of the lake or the city.