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580 Main Street

Formerly:United Way Building
Address:580 Main Street
Use:Offices and meeting spaces
Constructed:2010
Architects:Raymond S.C. Wan Inc.

More Information

The central location of the three-storey United Way head office allows the non-profit organisation to be more integrated with its community partners. The building was designed by Raymond S.C. Wan in 2010. Its ground floor features an open meeting room and temporary shared workspaces that are accessible to individuals and organisations working to further social innovation in the community. The double corner lot allows for maximum glazing and aluminum composite panels on all sides. The curved Main Street facade features copper-toned panels, above a colonnade, with plant beds in front of the recessed glazing. At the front of the building there is an interactive art piece by Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew titled “You, You and You.” The handprints on the aluminum talking stick are sensitive to touch and trigger a light display on the adjacent masonry fin.

Design Characteristics

  • Three storeys
  • Ground floor opens to meeting room and shared workspaces
  • Double corner lot allows for glazing and aluminum composite panels on exterior
  • Main Street facade curves slightly, giving facade dimension
  • Colonnade with plant beds below Main Street facade
  • Art piece by Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew entitled "You, You and You" at front