Westbank is Canada’s leading luxury residential and mixed-use real estate development company. We are a practice dedicated to city building and the creation of beautiful buildings.
Established in 1992, Westbank is one of North America’s leading developers, with over $25 billion of real estate projects constructed or currently under development. Westbank projects have consistently led their markets because of design innovation – the creation of value through ideas. The core of Westbank’s mission is to create a body of work with a high degree of artistry that helps foster more equitable and beautiful cities.
Westbank has built a practice around long-term commitments to artistry, sustainability and city-building. These commitments underlie an orientation towards projects like Woodwards, Vancouver House, Mirvish Village, Telus Garden and Oakridge – catalysts for larger change that go beyond the borders of the projects themselves.
Notable projects in Toronto:
The Shangri-la Hotel & Residence
Since the early 1990s, Allied has focused on the adaptive reuse of light industrial structures. Our approach has never wavered: honouring the rich history of the buildings we acquire, and working to restore the original vision without imposing a new one.
At the time, Allied’s commitment to historical preservation and adaptation went against the grain, defying the conventional wisdom that “new” was best. It wasn’t an easy journey—it took an uncompromising belief in the work that we do. In bringing this vision to life, we have helped shape the creative, innovative communities that drive change globally.
Today, Allied continues to transform the workspace of the future, applying the principles of traditional brick-and-beam architecture—high ceilings, exposed brick, hardwood floors, open concepts, ample natural light—to ambitious large-scale new developments built to anticipate the evolving needs of future innovators and leaders.
BIG is a Copenhagen, New York and London based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.