Retaining walls serve an important functional role in roadway and environmental safety, but rarely are they considered aesthetically pleasing. That's where shotcrete and the pros at Torrent can make all the difference. The South Fraser Perimeter Road retaining wall in Delta, BC was constructed to the highest functional standards while fitting in beautifully with the surrounding physical environment. Form married with function to the highest standards!
There's never been anything quite like the Spa at One Bloor West in Toronto. Big in all senses of the word, the Spa and its adjacent amenities occupy over 33,000 square feet in what will be Canada's tallest building upon its completion in 2022. The Spa's designer, Anna Simone described the fluid, “morphic” interior design as an extension of the landmark building’s exterior architecture. The totality of design engages every surface in continuous movement, with planes and spaces overflowing into each other, collapsing interior and exterior and embracing nature. The uniqueness of the design presented numerous forming challenges that could only be addressed with structural shotcrete. Torrent's talented team of planners and shotcrete craftsmen were able to successfully deliver on all exacting requirements to produce walls the likes of which have never been seen before.
Blending a huge concrete reservoir into its natural mountain-side setting was a distinct design challenge for Metro Vancouver planners. The answer presented itself in the form of a 3-dimensional tree mural applied directly to the exterior of the round reservoir tank. Torrent worked hand-in-hand with the architects and engineers to design the custom bonding methodology and to create the desired 3-dimensional aspect integrating various shades of green into the final appearance. The final result of this inspired creativity is a beautifully interpretive design that helps blend the concrete nature of the reservoir with the natural beauty of the rainforest setting. Shotcrete application technology and Torrent’s creativity allowed the Metro Vancouver design team to envision and create a structure that fits more harmoniously with its surrounding environment.