Catalyst – 77 Wade
Bringing World-Class Life Science Research to Toronto's Junction
Catalyst at 77 Wade Avenue, marks Toronto’s first purpose-built life sciences project in over two decades and the beginning of a new life sciences research cluster in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, changing the fabric of the area, both in appearance and in function. Designed as a bespoke science building, this landmark project is the catalyst for further development of the Wade Avenue Science + Technology Precinct.
Celebrating the dynamic nature of the Canadian life science industry, DIALOG designed a light-filled place to pursue science. While the floorplates are organized around dual service cores, which facilitate efficient distribution of laboratory support utilities, the envelope is designed to bring natural light and exterior views deep into this invigorating 21st century workplace—quite literally putting Canadian science on display. From the outside, the greater community will see people moving, working, and interacting in the building, creating a sense of connection to the wider precinct.
- Toronto, ON
- 155,000 sq ft
- Seeker Labs
NAK Design Strategies
- DIALOG Services
Sustainability & Energy Modelling
At 26 metres / 83′ wide, 77 Wade provides incredible transparency and long views to downtown Toronto on one side and to Mississauga’s famed ‘pill hill’ on the other.
The seven-storey façade emphasizes a clearly structured horizontality, and then plays with a dynamic rhythm of alternating expressed and near-invisible vertical mullions.
The south side of the building has a beautiful coffeehouse-style workspace overlooking the permanently-dedicated park next door and connections to the West Toronto Railpath pedestrian and bicycle corridor.
At the 7-metre- / 23′-high ground floor level, low-iron glass with structural silicone glazing (SSG) creates a highly transparent and welcoming entry.