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Royal Bank Plaza, Toronto

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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. It is owned by the real estate firm Oxford Properties, which also maintains its headquarters there.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 a South Tower and a North Tower. The South Tower, a skyscraper, is the taller of the two at 180m; the North Tower has a height of 112m. The structures each have a triangular footprint and sit on opposing corners of the square site. The exteriors of the structures are largely covered with gold-bronze glass with tan granite accents. Together, both towers contain more than 14,000 windows which project from the facade to form angular bays set into brushed aluminum frames. Six bays are grouped between piers which are covered in the same glass. The upper stories are recessed and contain three larger angled-bays between the piers. The double-height entry is also recessed from the facade and covered in dark-tinted glass set into dark aluminum frames. The glass for the body of the building was manufactured by Canadian Pittsburgh Industries and was coloured using 2500oz of gold, valued at CA$70 per pane at the time of installation.
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  • June 30, 2017
    In the center of the vast Toronto these two skyscrapers that are part of a single complex are a must see and photograph. Sure, the skyscrapers asiatci is quite another thing, at least at the level of height, but here comes the unitary conception of the two buildings with their bronze-colored glass and façade that characterize them. Captivating from below and from various angles more or less close, are interesting even within and produces a forced stopover time in walking among the many buildings of the same height in Toronto.
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  • June 16, 2017
    It is a shining symbol of Canada economic center, Toronto's financial district champagne Royal Bank Plaza. You know that look gold to spend real money, I was surprised. From Union Station and buildings stand out because you will find soon.
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  • July 30, 2016
    The royal bank is impressive, not for the architecture, but for the glamour of its gold windows. It is quite nice to observe the reflex on the windows, and since it is in the city center is totally wo...  more »
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  • December 28, 2016
    Great location. Across union station with underground PATH connection. Lower level of building features many stores (LCBO, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc). Also food court. There is also a RBC branch located on the main level between the north and south towers. Path connection will take you all the way to Eaton Centre.
  • February 13, 2017
    LCBO is the only store I go in thia building.. ☺
  • July 19, 2016
    Has public access to Subway system. ..but has banned, in writing, all TTC employees from using it. Can you spell discrimination RBC?
  • June 20, 2017
    inredibilmente wonderful this building from glasses covered in pure gold
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  • August 5, 2016
    Spectacular two-tier structure of which the highest about 180 meters high. the particularity of this tower are the mirrors, not for nothing is also known as the gold tower ... the mirrors were made by Canadian Pittsburgh Industries with real gold dust that from that particular coloring
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