Royal Bank Plaza

Royal Bank Plaza

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name = Royal Bank Plaza


caption = Royal Bank Plaza in downtown Toronto
year_built = 1976
year_end =
location = 200 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario
height_meters = South Tower: 180m North Tower: 114m
height_feet = Both 506 (roof)
floor_count = South Tower: 41
North Tower: 26
construction_period = 1976-1979
roof= 180.0 m (591 ft)
floor_area=
architect= Boris Zerafa, WZMH Architects

Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is the de-facto headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada. The building shares with the Fairmont Royal York Hotel the block in Toronto's financial district bordered by Bay, Front, York, and Wellington streets.

Built to be the new main office of the Royal Bank after its decision to move its centre of operations from Place Ville Marie in Montreal to Toronto in the late 1970s, Royal Bank Plaza consists of two office buildings: the South Tower and the North Tower. The South Tower, a skyscraper, is the taller of the two at convert|180|m|ft|0|abbr=on; the North Tower has a height of convert|112|m|ft|0|abbr=on. The exteriors of the structures are largely covered with glass; together they have more than 14,000 windows. Each of these windows is coated with a layer of 24 karat (100%) gold. At a cost of about $70 per window, the total value of gold in the windows is over $1,000,000 but, due to the manufacturing technique used to make the glass, the gold is unrecoverable. The gold gives the windows a distinctive colour. Gold was used as an insulator to reduce heating costs.

In addition to office space and the Toronto Main Branch of the Royal Bank, Royal Bank Plaza also contains a shopping concourse which is part of the PATH network, linking directly to the TD Centre as well as Union Station, Brookfield Place (BCE Place) and the Fairmount Royal York. The concourse merchants mall and tower lobbies underwent extensive renovations between 2005 and 2007.

The building was originally constructed with a large atrium opening above the main banking hall, but in the 1990s a trading floor was added, closing off the open space.

The bank maintains a presence in a number of towers in the downtown core, including 20 King Street next to Scotia Plaza. This smaller building near King and Yonge Streets is called the Royal Bank Building.

ee also

*List of Toronto's 10 tallest skyscrapers

External links

* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=112690 Emporis Site]
* [http://www.skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=1458 Skyscraper Site]


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