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Centre for Green Innovation at Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects

  • 00:00 - 11 June, 2012
Centre for Green Innovation at Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects
Centre for Green Innovation at Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects, © Tom Arban
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, Canada
  • Urban Designers

  • Landscape Architects

  • Structural Engineers

    Hallsall Associates
  • Construction Manager

    Eastern Construction
  • Heritage Preservation

    E.R.A. Architects
  • Area

    11743.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. The Evergreen Brick Works project converts a deteriorating industrial site in the Toronto’s Don Valley into an important environmentally based community landmark to engage visitors in experiences connected to nature and city. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Centre for Green Cities is the only new building on site. Achieving LEED Platinum certification, the building comprises a welcome center, retail and amenity space, administrative offices, and workspace for the program partners.

© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

Exploiting the character of the historic site and its industrial legacy, the Centre for Green Cities is placed into the site of a former brick factory. Old brick walls, steel structures, and metal sheds are preserved and delineate the footprint of the building. Public functions such as event spaces and classrooms, are on the ground floor, immersed in the character of existing structures.

© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

The second floor has a wrap-around balcony, occupying the space between an existing brick wall and the cantilevered floors above. The balcony offers exterior access to second floor classrooms as well as to Evergreen’s offices on the third floor, while providing an elevated view of both the Brickworks site and the visitor welcome center.

© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

LEED Platinum status was harnessed by using three key strategies: a highly insulated building envelop to reduce heating and cooling loads, the use of natural ventilation to reduce mechanical cooling in the office spaces; and the right-sizing of mechanical cooling equipment to handle the assembly of office occupancies. Other interesting resource-saving measures include radiant floors, green roofs, heat recovery from kitchen exhaust and ventilation air, solar chimneys for natural ventilation, low-flush toilets, and the use of greywater from rainwater cisterns for the cooling-tower and toilet flushing.


The Evergreen project has created an environmentally-based community landmark within 16 heritage buildings on 4.9 hectares of brownfield land in the heart of the city’s ravine system. The Brick Works now incorporates educational programs for children and adults, a farmers’ market, a plant nursery, an adjoining park and wildlife habitat, an open-air industrial museum, and offices for Evergreen and like-minded organizations.

© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

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Cite: "Centre for Green Innovation at Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects" 11 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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