Sculptural Shear Walls
Extending walls beyond the building envelope allows the cost-effective realization of dramatic sculptural shapes. Prii claimed 20 Prince Arthur Avenue (1965) was his favourite building, and it’s easy to understand why: the tower captures Space Age excitement with a rocket-like profile that flares outward at the base, then soars 22 storeys to scalloped peaks. Blue-coloured balconies blend into the sky, emphasizing the curving white concrete shear walls. 20 Prince Arthur is probably Prii’s most luxurious and best-maintained building, set in expansive, lushly-landscaped grounds with a freestanding fountain. Projecting shear walls also define the sculptural 35 Walmer Road, 77 Elm Street, 50 Stephanie Street and the five Jane-Exbury towers.