The Arc shines blue in Toronto


Photograph by Kevin Thom, Hamilton, Ontario.

"The color of the blue glass was chosen to harmonize with the blue/gray aluminum panels to accentuate the sweep of the curvilinear lines. The blue glass is mated with dark blue spandrel glazing panels to emphasize the recesses formed by the balconies and to strengthen the solid-to-void relationship set up by the sweeping building mass. The reflective quality of this blue glass helps maintain privacy for the residential units and to provide proper solar control.”—Simon Ko, architect, partner, Kirkor Architects & Planners

The basics: The Arc is a 12-story, 447-unit condominium project built along a major transit artery with subway access in Toronto. The building features striking blue glass and blue/gray aluminum panels on a curved façade.

The players: Architects, Kirkor Architects & Planners, Toronto; glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich.; contract glazier, Toro Aluminum, Concord, Ontario; Guardian Select fabricator, Protemp Glass, Concord, Ontario.

The glass: Guardian SunGuard Neutral 40 on clear that provides a balance of light and solar control, according to a Guardian release.