Formerly an abandoned soap factory, the BMW Toronto building designed by Quadrangle Architects Ltd is the primary BMW dealership in Toronto. Located on a 10-acre site at the interchange between Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway in Downtown Toronto, the current building is resting on the original steel frame, with an addition of a heavy steel moment frame to support the machineries and the new glazing facade that covers three sides of the building, with the north facade protruding more than the actual structure. Computer controlled light system governs the amount of light on the facade wall, minimizing glare to the drivers on the Don Valley Parkway. Site remediation such as swale and preservation of native plants were made during the design process. The architecture itself is an advertisement device, engaging the highway with a 30 feet by 60 feet billboard integrated onto the north glazed facade wall, and a “Match box” car display on the fourth and fifth floor, show casing six of the newest models from the automotive brand. The glazing of this sky car display is made with a ultra-clear lead-free glass to minimized colour distortion.
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