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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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  • 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 »
  • Striking Visual! One of the first eye catching sights along Front Street & Bay Street is the flashy 24 Karat Gold Windowsill the Royal Bank Plaza! This is worth a glance if you are in the neighborhood...  more »
  • Once again if you are in the area it is worth a stop, but except for the exterior architecture there is nothing to aee  more »
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  • 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.
  • LCBO is the only store I go in thia building.. ☺
  • Has public access to Subway system. ..but has banned, in writing, all TTC employees from using it. Can you spell discrimination RBC?
  • inredibilmente wonderful this building from glasses covered in pure gold
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  • 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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