Located on a narrow parcel of land, this three-storey office building overlooks the Laurel Creek Conservation Area from Westmount Road and backs onto the TransCanada Trail.
With a slender site and challenging changes in grade, the building engages with the landscape with two bars containing pods of offices connected by bridges at each level and two multi-storey lobbies. The lobbies provide entry points from the parking located at the northern and southern ends of the site.
Structural glazing provides an abundance of natural light to the lobbies as well providing framed views of the landscaped entry courtyards. Light wells spaced evenly along east and west facades introduce natural light to the circulation corridors and bridges that bisect the building.
From Westmount Road, the facade has a rhythm of punched windows and slender fins which visually open up when passing the building. To expand upon the rhythm, a series of wrapped window boxes project from the building and provide overlooking views to Laurel Creek and the surrounding landscape.
The segmented retaining walls mirror the scale and rhythm of the facade elements helping to root the building in the landscape and provide screened views to and from the building.
560 Westmount is LEED® Silver certified.
Project completed under Certificate of Practice issued to Robertson Simmons architects inc. prior to firm name change to MartinSimmons Architects Inc.