The TEC Bridge, which is an encased pedestrian bridge of approx. 35m in length, is built in the center of the city of Toronto, Canada. It is integrated in a bridge system within the city to offer pedestrians weather protection and shorter distances. The bridge crosses the Queen Street West at the height of the 2nd floor and connects the Hudson‘s Bay Shopping Mall and the Toronto Eaton Centre (TEC), two of the city’s biggest shopping and office complexes. In the draft of Wilkinson Eyre Architects were the materials commercial bronze and glass interlocked. At the side of the historic Hudson Bay building the initially twisted steel portal frames change into a formally austere glass optic and blend in with the modern architecture of the TEC building. Thus an optically fluent transition of the two buildings is created. seele‘s service included the design, the production and installation of different laminated glass panes as well as commercial bronze plates, hand rails, stainless steel grids and the steel construction. First circular ornaments were carved into the commercial bronze plates. Thereafter the plates were treated in an acid bath to adapt the bronze-coloured patina. The commercial bronze plates were placed onto the steel portal frames on site in Toronto. Because of the sophisticated shape of the steel-glass construction each commercial bronze plate is unique in its geometry as well as the carving. seele was also responsible for the removal of the old bridge and the installation of the new TEC Bridge. As of May 2017, the pre-assembly of the TEC Bridge in Toronto began in close proximity to the final installation site. On the 2nd of November 2017 the bridge opened and is now connection between TEC and Hudson’s Bay Shopping Mall.
Spectacular installation debut for seele The specialty of this project was not only the complex design but also the sophisticated installation at Toronto’s biggest shopping mile. The old bridge between the TEC building and the HBC building had to be demounted as well as the new bridge installed within two exactly defined consecutive dates. For this purpose the busy Queen Street West was closed for two weekends. The new TEC Bridge was be pre-assembled in James Street, a side street close to the two buildings which were to be connected. In addition, primary and secondary construction steel, glass, commercial bronze plates and all other components were delivered to James Street and mounted upon a temporary sub-construction. Thereafter, the bridge was raised hydraulically and transported to its final position in Queen Street West for installation.