When L.C. (Sandi) Pei and his colleagues at Manhattan’s Pei Partnership ARCHITECTS were given the commission to design 2221 YONGE, Russell Masters, the VP of Tower Hill, gave them a free hand with one caveat: He didn’t want another one of those ubiquitous glass boxes that seem to be everywhere.
Taking those marching orders as gospel, L.C. (Sandi) Pei delivered the antithesis of a box. Instead, 2221 YONGE is a slender elegant pentagonal tower that sits askew from a six-storey podium which is totally integrated into the busy Yonge/Eglinton streetscape.
Pei is quick to point out, this unique structure emerged from the demands of the site itself, as well as from ideas that he and his team picked up while researching Toronto’s modernist towers from the 1960s.
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