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Roy McMurtry Youth Centre / Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects

  • 01:00 - 20 December, 2009
Roy McMurtry Youth Centre / Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects
Roy McMurtry Youth Centre / Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects, © A-Frame – Ben Rahn
© A-Frame – Ben Rahn

© A-Frame – Ben Rahn © A-Frame – Ben Rahn © A-Frame – Ben Rahn © A-Frame – Ben Rahn +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brampton, ON, Canada
  • Architects In Charge

    Carol Kleinfeldt & Roman Mychajlowycz
  • Associate Consultant

    Quadrangle Architects Limited
  • Landscape Consultant

    MBTW Group
  • Civil Engineering

    Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Electrical Engineering

    Moon-Matz Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

    Halsall Associates Limited
  • Builder

    Bird Construction
  • Area

    20438.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The site is an existing 40 hectare institutional site which was initially surrounded by agricultural fields. The Surrounding Community is now single family, suburban housing outside the Greater Community of Toronto. The site was cleared of an existing women’s prison, with the exception of two buildings, which were maintained and renovated as part of the Youth Centre. Eight new buildings have been added to the site to provide services to 192 youth offenders, 32 girls and boys, aged 12 years to 17 years old. Over 300 staff members, volunteers and family members and visitors are included in the Immediate Community of the Youth Centre.

© A-Frame – Ben Rahn
© A-Frame – Ben Rahn

Each of these Communities were considered in the realization of the project, from the scale of the aggregate built form, earth works and landscaping to the six residential buildings and finally the detailing of the private bedrooms. The secured area of the site is a Campus morphology, reinforcing the Education ideals of the Centre. Contiguous buildings, infill board-formed concrete, masonry panels and Corten steel panels define the garden wall. The Campus is surrounded by a public Park, offering a naturalized landscape including a bio-swale, pond, existing mature trees, hundreds of new trees and a new streetscape. These are intended to generate a positive attitude toward the public occupation of regional suburban roads. Intensifying the public use of the non-secured areas of the site is critical to the success of this Youth Centre, both in promoting a healthy public understanding of the ideals of the institution and the residents understanding of their place in their society.

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Nawinda Tulaporn · June 19, 2010

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Christine · January 12, 2010

Copy and paste the above address onto your facebook search bar. Join my group. It's called Stop the violence at Roy McMurtry "superjail". A facility so pretty on the outside yet cold violent and inhumane on the inside. These kids broke the law, they still deserve to be treated as human beings. For all that the man Roy McMurtry stands for, this facility has destroyed his name. Freedom of rights? Is denying young offenders medical treatment and watching them be abused regularly freedom of rights? I THINK NOT!!!!

Tish · December 26, 2009

i wonder how well this bulding will weather? also how do the guards supervise the kids with such a large area and so many different rooms? how safe is this building? also with canadian weather how well does it work in the cold and snow?

bob · December 24, 2009

to bad it is the most unsafe building ever created and rampant with violence due to all the blind spots..... great job!!!! good to see you are proud of this disaster!!!!!!

eric · December 24, 2009 03:46 PM

I agree although this facility looks beautiful, I cannot see how a design like this meets the functional needs of a JAIL. I can imagine the staff of this facility struggling to keep a handle on high risk violent offenders with so many nooks and cranny's to hide around. More thought should have been put into the practical needs of a jail rather than estetics.

Korrig · December 22, 2009

Like Kahn. Hope it carries some special feeling. Kids aren't colorful and vibrant and energetic; but we hope they are. Also we hope they have some faith and seriousness and wisdom in the future.

stirring · December 22, 2009

Does serious also mean colourless? I thought youth were vibrant, energetic and spontaneous...

A-Frame Inc. · December 21, 2009

Our images of Roy McMurtry Youth Centre on @archdaily! Check it out -

Eugen_S · December 21, 2009

A photo shoot I assisted on is on @archdaily! Check it out -

Lime · December 21, 2009

Cant see the YOUTH element

James Allen · January 13, 2012 04:14 AM

Nice Soviet boxiness.

Claus · December 22, 2009 02:36 AM

Ans that is a good thing. Youth doesn't need some youth-elements. They need to be taken serious.

Jim B · December 21, 2009

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