TIFF Bell Lightbox / KPMB Architects

© Maris Mezulis

The winning competition design for the Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower was conceived on an epic scale to create a city of cinema within the city that hosts one of the most important annual film festivals. It was also designed to reflect the heterogeneity and openness that characterizes . Located in the heart of the city’s media and entertainment district, the architecture of the Bell Lightbox at the corner of King and John Streets injects energy into the precinct.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara, Design partner; Shirley Blumberg, Partner-in-Charge; Luigi LaRocca, Senior Associate; Matthew Wilson, Project Architect; Matt Krivosudsky, Bruno Weber, Brent Wagler, Glenn MacMullin, Andrea Macaroun, Rita Kiriakis, Lilly Liakus, Carolyn Lee, David Poloway ,Tyler Sharp, Debra Fabricus, Claudio Venier, Thom Seto, Walter Gaudet, Krista Clark, Clementine Chang, Winston Chong, Carla Munoz, Elizabeth Paden, Bill Colaco, Nicko Elliot, Norm Li.
Architect of Record: Kirkor Architects & Planners
Project Area: 547,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Maris Mezulis, Tom Arban, Mehrdad Tavakkolian

The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning / KPMB Architects

© Eduard Hueber

The new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is the final phase in the Master Plan to build a new home for ’s premier music and arts educator, the Royal Conservatory. KPMB, under the direction of Marianne McKenna, has been working with the RCM to realize the vision set forth in the 1991 award winning Master Plan.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 190,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Eduard Hueber, Tom Arban

Shops of Summerhill / AUDAXarchitecture


Architects: AUDAXarchitecture
Location: 1099 Yonge Street, , Ontario, Canada
Project Management: Den Bosch + Finchley
Landscape Architect: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier Architects Ltd.
Architects of Record: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects
Developer / Owner / Client: Woodcliffe Corporation
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: AUDAXarchitecture

180 Queen West / KPMB Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects

© Eduard Hueber

One Eighty Queen West is a commercial property located on a site at the northwest edge of downtown ’s financial district area and adjacent to the city’s “legal district” to the east (Osgoode Hall, the Ontario Courts Building, Old and New City Halls). The site also stands immediately adjacent to a historic legal monument: Campbell House, originally the home of William Campbell, first chief justice of Ontario and at the threshold to the Queen Street West retail strip and the residential neighbourhoods to the north. The land is part of the Canada Life lands. Along with an environmental agenda, the project design was driven in the first instance by its obligation to address this confluence of distinct urban conditions.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects with Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Location: 180 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 270,809 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber

The Gardiner Museum / KPMB Architects

© Eduard Hueber

The Gardiner Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to ceramic art, and the only museum of its kind in . It is also designated as one Toronto’s cultural renaissance projects. The renewal project, together with the Royal Museum across the street and the Royal Conservatory of Music around the corner on Bloor Street West, will form a new cultural precinct for the city. The renewal builds on top of the original structure, designed by Keith Wagland in 1984. The third floor expansion and extension of the original footprint to the street creates a bolder image for the Gardiner, while respecting the intimate scale for which the original building was admired. The former pink granite exterior was replaced with polished buff limestone, setting the Gardiner in dialogue with the historic facades and pediments of the adjacent neo-classical Lillian Massey and Queen-Anne style Margaret Addison buildings. The front of the museum was completely re-landscaped with a series of terraced platforms that bring the Gardiner to the street, and create a series of inviting outdoor spaces for casual and formal gathering.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB Architects)
Location: 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Paulo Rocha (design/project architect); John Allen, Kevin Bridgman, Steven Casey, Bill Colaco, Ramon Janer, Tom Knezic, Shane O’Neill, Thom Seto, Tyler Sharpe, Javier Uribe
Structural Engineer: Halsall Associates Limited
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Landscape: NAK Design
Cost: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Fire & Life Safety: Leber / Rubes Inc.
Lighting: Suzanne Powadiuk Design
Elevators: Soberman Engineering
Branding Consultant: Scott Thornley + Company Inc.
Food Services: Marrack + Associates
Project Area: 46,276 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber, Shai Gil / Insite Photography

In Progress: Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport / Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, in joint venture, were selected as the winner of the international design competition to design the new sports complex for the University of containing Field House, Strength & Conditioning Centre, Sports Clinic and Research, Student Facilities.  Design development and programming is underway, with anticipated project completion by 2015.

Architects: Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in joint venture
Location: Toronto,
Expected Completion: 2015
Renderings: Luxigon

The National Ballet School / KPMB Architects

© Tom Arban

The National Ballet School (NBS) ranks as one of the finest ballet training institutions in the world, on par with the Royal Ballet School in London, the School of American Ballet in New York, and the Paris Opera Ballet School. NBS is the only institution in North America to offer an integral program of professional dance training, advanced level academic education and residential living all on one site. Its state-of-the-art educational and training programs provide students with the skills to become creative, self-assured individuals for whatever career they pursue upon graduation. Approximately 700 students participate in the NBS programs each week. Project Grand Jeté was conceived to ensure the ongoing evolution of its standards and programs with state-of-the-art facilities. The project weaves together new and heritage buildings. New construction comprises the Celia Franca Training Centre, a vertical campus of three transparent, elevated structures organized into an asymmetrical composition around an existing heritage building, Northfield House, and linked to hertige structures to the north and south via connecting bridges accessed off the piano nobile level.

The Bloor/Gladstone Library / RDH Architects

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The Bloor/Gladstone Branch library project is a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown Toronto. The architects were commissioned to design for an additional 12,000 sqf, bringing the collection and facilities to a level consistent with that of a Toronto District Library. The final design includes major renovations to the existing building as well as the construction of an addition.

Architect: RDH Architects Inc.
Location: 1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, , Canada
Project Team: Bob Goyeche (partner, RDH Architects Inc.), Tyler Sharp (associate, project designer, RDH Architects Inc.), Gerry Shoalts (partner, Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.), Graham Gavine (project manager, RDH Architects Inc.), Sanjoy Pal, Scott Wilson, Marnie Williams, Amir Kafifar.
Associate Architect: Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
Heritage Architect: ERA Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect: NAK Design
Structural Engineers: Halsall Associates Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Jain Associates Ltd.
Civil Engineers: Valdor Engineering Inc.
Contractor: Pre-Eng Contracting Ltd.
Project Area: 12,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects

A New Student Learning Centre for Ryerson University by Snøhetta and ZPA

Courtesy of Ryerson University

Today Ryerson University announced the design of a new Student Learning Centre for their campus. Designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto, the 155,463sqf Student Learning Centre will feature a transparent glass skin that will provide varying light qualities within the interior spaces. Sustainable practices have also been incorporated into the design with 50% of the roof intended to act as a green roof and plans for the building to be LEED Silver compliant. Construction on the building is expected to begin late this year, with a targeted completion date of Winter 2014. More about the new Student Learning Centre including renderings following the break.

In Progress: Faculty of Law, University of Toronto / Hariri Pontarini Architects

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The North American competition-winning design for the renovation and expansion of the historic University of Toronto Faculty of Law responds directly to the client’s ambition to create a law school among the finest in the world. Hariri Pontarini Architects proposed a design that would provide both a physical and visual connection to its surrounding landscape.

Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Location: , , Canada
Partner-in-Charge: Siamak Hariri
Project Area: 160,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

2015 Pan American Games Pavilion / Manuel Gross + Patrik Staub + Stefan Vetsch + Yannick Vorberg

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Manuel Gross, Patrik Staub, Stefan Vetsch and Yannick Vorberg, all recent graduates of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, have shared with us their winning entry for the AIAS/Vinyl Institute 2015 Pan American Games Awards Pavilion to be situated in Toronto, . Follow after the break for a comprehensive write up and additional images of their competition entry.

Adams Fleming House / Levitt Goodman Architects

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

On a street of historic, working-class cottages in ’s west end, adjacent to a railway line and a supermarket parking lot, a vacant auto-body shop may have seemed like an unlikely impetus for a residence with a domestic character. The clients—a graphic designer and  a furniture designer/craftsman—had a limited budget but considerable talent and resources. Working with Levitt Goodman Architects, the project became a laboratory for artistic collaboration and experimentation. Over several years they have transformed the industrial site into an artful urban oasis.

130 Bloor Street West / Quadrangle Architects Limited

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130 Bloor Street West / 155 Cumberland Street is an integrated mixed-use project that includes below-grade parking, high street grade retail, featuring Gucci, Hermes, LuluLemon, 10 floors of premium office space and 10 floors of 15 premium condominium residences. The office building is accessed from Bloor through a newly renovated lobby.

Architect: Quadrangle Architects Limited
Location: 130 Bloor Street West / 155 Cumberland Street, Toronto,
Developer: KingSett Capital Inc.
Project Management: PHA Project Management Inc.
Residential Interior Design: J.F. Brennan Design/Build Inc. and Taylor Hannah Architect Inc.
Landscape Architect: Holbrook + Associates
General Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada
Photographs: Courtesy of Quadrangle Architects Limited

Welcome Hut at the Evergreen’s Brick Works / Levitt Goodman Architects

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

To greet visitors in the months before its official opening later this year, Evergreen Brick Works commissioned a temporary Welcome Hut for the 12-acre community environmental centre. Designed by Levitt Goodman Architects, this 96 sqf hut is provides an immediate node for visitors and to support the Evergreen’s mission to showcase for green design and environmentally sustainable initiatives.

Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: 550 Bayview Avenue, , Canada
Project Team: Janna Levitt (Partner-in-Charge), Katrina Touw (Project Architect)
Project Size: 96 sqf
Project Area: 2010
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

Up Inc. / Levitt Goodman Architects

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Up Inc. commissioned Levitt Goodman Architects to design the third floor of this historic industrial building to purposely suit it needs. Up Inc. is a Toronto-based branding, graphic design and communications firm with a reputation for clear and influential design. The firm had worked with over many years, undergoing partial renovations to accommodate its growing business. The firm desired an environment that would improve operations and convey a distinctive character, reflective of its clean aesthetic, its proactive service and its knack for influential and economical design.

Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: 488 Wellington, Toronto,
Project Team: Brock James (Partner-in-Charge), Kris Payne (Project Architect), Cynthia Dovell (Architect)
Project Size: 4,950 sqf
Project Area: 2010
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto / Levitt Goodman Architects

© Jesse Colin Jackson

The new Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) consolidates social and culture-based services for aboriginal children and families within a 30,000 square foot office building in the heart of downtown Toronto. The challenge for this project was to create a place that would reconnect urban aboriginals with nature in the heart of the city and project a bold visual presence for the First Nations community – which was difficult to conceive for a community that is comprised of distinctive bands with their own identities and customs.

Architecture: Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.
Location: Toronto,
Environmental Graphics: Adams + Associates Design Consultants Inc. with 7th Generation Image Makers
Landscape Architecture: Scott Torrance Landscape Architecture Inc.
Project Area: 30,000 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc and Jesse Colin Jackson

St. Joseph’s Media / Teeple Architects

© Tom Arban

This design for a large media company brings several previously dispersed publications together in a consolidated location on Queen Street East in . The site is unusual in that it includes the third and fourth levels of adjoining 19th-century warehouse buildings. The introduction of a sky lit interior street unifies the space and the company identity, bringing together over 250 employees of 12 popular Canadian magazines (including Life and Saturday Night).

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: Teeple Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, FRAIC)
Project Team: Cheryl Atkinson, Robert Ree, Yan Cai, Andre D’Elia, Don Collins, William Elsworthy
Associate Architect: Superkul Architects Inc.
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Engineering Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers Inc.
General Contractor: Panigas Group
Project Area: 35,000 spf
Project Year: 2004
Photography: Tom Arban

Pachter Residence / Teeple Architects

© Tom Arban

Choosing to live, work and sell his art in one location, the Artist-Owner wanted to bring these program elements together, while keeping their architectural expression distinct. Teeple Architects’ solution came in the form of three long spatial volumes stacked on top of each other, shifted laterally and longitudinally to allow light penetration into the spaces. Each volume houses one aspect of the program; the ground floor volume is the studio, the second floor; the gallery, and the top floor is the residence. The clarity and directness of the concept brings dramatic expression to the sculptural form of the building.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: Teeple Architects
Location: , , Canada
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, FRAIC)
Project Team: Bernard Jin, Mark Baechler
Structural Engineer: R Villa Associates
General Contractor: Golden Hammer Renovations
Project Area: 3,200 sqf
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Tom Arban