A glass extrusion rising out of a 1940s heritage facade in Mount Pleasant might be the adaptive reuse project of the year. An old Art Deco industrial factory at the corner of East 5th Avenue and Ontario Street that manufactured radios and radars for the Allied war effort serves as the base for a four-storey contemporary cube designed by Christopher Bozyk Architects.
Developer PC Urban Properties is sprucing up the 1942-built original structure, which was designed by Australian-born architect H.H. Simmonds, who was also responsible for the Vogue and Stanley Theatres. Collectively, the six-storey, 54,000-square-foot Lightworks Building will be anchored by manufacturer and retailer Saje Natural Wellness.
The finished project will include 7,200 square feet of ground-level commercial space and office floor plates boasting 11,700 square feet of space. A rooftop deck and second floor patio will be used as a comfortable office and gathering zone, complete with views of the city skyline and mountains. Two levels of parking and loading will be accessible via the rear laneway.
Nearly half of the topped-out new structure has been covered in curtain wall glazing, as rehabilitation of the historic building continues below.
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