Urban Toronto’s tour of Festival Tower by Daniels moves up onto the roof and into the mechanical box and lantern. These are largely ornamental and will remain virtually empty but they bring the tower’s design to an emphatic conclusion and are key to the building’s profile on the skyline.

A view toward the lantern, to the left of which is the mechanical penthouse.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsRooftop mechanical systems, image by Craig White

Both lantern and mechanical box are clad in 100 % frit, low-iron glass curtain.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsRooftop gap, image by Craig White

A view inside the mechanical penthouse. This impressive structure will remain mostly empty. As with the lantern, KPMB Architects'main purpose here is to complete the building’s architecture and give it presence on the skyline.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsInside the rooftop mechanical box, image by Craig White

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsInside the rooftop mechanical box, image by Craig White

The fritted glazing panels for the lantern and mechanical box are set forward from the primary steel structure by about 10”to prevent shadow lines and ensure even glow from within. This is crucial for the lantern in particular which, outfitted in white LEDs, will serve as a major beacon in the city.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsInterior detailing of the rooftop mechanical box, image by Craig White

The soft glow inside the mechanical penthouse is most apparent in this shot taken with the sun behind the photographer.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsInside the rooftop mechanical box, image by Craig White

Heading back outside looking westward.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsLooking west from the rooftop, image by Craig White

This portion of the mechanical penthouse houses the building’s HVAC systems. It is clad in a window wall of grey, back-painted glazing panels. The tower’s window washing unit is in the foreground while in the background the temporary derrick used to remove the construction crane is still in place. It should be coming down shortly.

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsRooftop shot with derrick in the background, image by Craig White

That’s it for the roof. Tomorrow, Urban Toronto takes you down to the amenities. So, stay tuned!

Festival Tower TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Daniels and Kirkor ArchitectsGroup shot on the rooftop, image by Craig White