On Thursday, September 2, Kirkor Partner Brent Whitby was interviewed by the Toronto Film Festival Group on his role in the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Festival tower.
Working with TIFF and King John Festival Corportation, Kirkor Senior Partner Steven Kirshenblatt, Associate Partner Richard Golab and Brent took on this incredibly complex project. As Architects of Record on both buildings for the Toronto International Film Festival Group, we played an essential role in their construction and successful completion.
We coordinated development and construction approvals, the execution of the construction and managed the final occupancy inspections. As well as programming the location of the Festival Tower and tower interface with Bell Lightbox, we programmed (together with KJFC) all residential amenity areas and lobbies and the Level 6 event space. We were responsible for the architectural construction details and drawings for the entire building skin.
In the interview, Brent spoke about the importance of creating a balance between TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Festival Tower to ensure cohesiveness of the two forms, how the TIFF project compares to Kirkor’s other large-scale projects and the dramatic impact that the TIFF Bell Lightbox project is having on the city of Toronto. As festival director Piers Handling says, “Festival Tower will play an integral part in this community.”