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Gull Lake Survey Camp

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Gull Lake Survey Camp" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Gull Lake Survey Camp is to be the University of Toronto's latest addition to their survey camp for engineering students. Gull Lake has been used by the University of Toronto to train engineering students for over a century. U of T came to V+A Architects to design a new bunkhouse to replace their existing and aging building. V+A led the team to design the project, secure approvals with various stakeholders, and provided construction administration. Special attention was paid to involve various stakeholders including past alumni, First Nations groups, the nearby town of Minden, and many others. This is reflected in the new design's form and materiality. Custom signage was created to honour donors to the project, and a First Nations artist was commissioned to create artwork for the common area. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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UTM Principal’s Office

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1560885133547{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_empty_space][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="UTM Principal's Office" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This interior renovation at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus involved the full redesign of approximately 300 square metres of space. The project consists of the main administrative office suite, containing the offices of the CAO, Vice President and Principal, as well as conference rooms, meeting rooms, private offices, reception area, and a kitchenette. [vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This project maximizes space utilization to accommodate additional staff and meeting spaces, which were consequently updated with the latest audio visual equipment. The client's desires to improve the acoustical separation and performance of each of the rooms and increase physical security are achieved by the redesign, while simultaneously creating a welcoming space that visually connected to the building interior. [vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Modern and elegant finishes are incorporated into the design of the interior renovation, including a felt baffle ceiling, white oak millwork, and...

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URBN Condos Cambridge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1560885133547{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="urbn-condos-cambridge"][vc_empty_space][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="URBN Condos Cambridge" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] URBN condos and towns is a new multi-family residential project that is being developed in Cambridge, Ontario. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Oriole Parkway Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1560885133547{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Oriole Parkway Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The scheme for this single-family residential was motivated by the desire to capitalize on the natural light and scenic park views that the site could accommodate. The original structure’s layout made for dark and cramped spaces within the home, so in rethinking the spatial organization, this remodel project opened up the main floor plan to improve the interior flow. The master bedroom and bathroom were also expanded for the comfort of the occupants. [vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Thoughtful consideration of the setting inspired the new design to incorporate building the structure out to the back and side of the lot, with large windows for optimal light permeance and a new back patio overlooking Eglinton Park. [vc_empty_space] [rev_slider alias="oriole-parkway"][/rev_slider] ...

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Allenbury Gardens: Phase II

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Allenbury Gardens: Phase II" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A was selected by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to complete Phase II of the Allenbury Gardens project.   V+A completed three townhouse blocks, a establishing total of 34 additional units. These units are similar in character to Phase I, and face a park space shared by the new complex. The layouts of Phase II townhomes have mixed distributions of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units.   Close proximity to amenity spaces and nearby commercial uses make Allenbury Gardens an ideal location for incoming residents.   [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="180px"][vc_single_image image="6883" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-2-portrait"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-2"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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35th Street

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="35th Street" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] Located in the westernmost edge of Toronto in Long Branch, the upcoming 35th Street development will replace an existing bungalow with a new two-storey single-family dwelling. Special care has been taken throughout the design process to ensure that the building design, materiality, and scale of the new home is respectful of the surrounding architecture. In doing so, a modern addition can be introduced into the context while preserving the character of the neighbourhood....

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Shear Building

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1560885133547{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_empty_space][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Shear Building" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The Shear Building is a state-of-the-art metal recycling facility with an enormous intake capacity located in Hamilton, ON. [vc_empty_space] [vc_column][rev_slider alias="shear-building"][/rev_slider]...

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F45 Training

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="F45 Training" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] F45 is a rapidly-expanding group training facility which offers 45-minute workouts to accommodate busy lifestyles. V+A worked with the F45 team to create highly functional spaces which would facilitate both circuit training and group workouts. Durable finishes were chosen to accommodate intensive workouts, while still keeping the branding consistent.   V+A has collaborated with F45 on several of their first Canadian locations:   - F45 Ossington - F45 Yorkville - F45 Yonge + Eglinton - F45 Bayview Village - F45 North York - F45 The Beach - F45 Markham - F45 Vaughan West - F45 Jefferson - F45 Don Mills - F45 Regent Park - F45 Kingsway - F45 Streetsville - F45 Aurora South - F45 Parkwoods - F45 Sherway - F45 Ajax East - F45 Galleria - F45 Midtown Toronto [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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500 Dundas

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="500 Dundas" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] 500 Dundas is a six-storey condo building, which is currently under construction in Whitby, ON. When complete, the development will provide almost 5500 square meters of housing on a heritage site.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]V+A worked extensively with the Whitby heritage committee in a collaborative and creative process to create a scheme that balanced the needs of the developer, while still reconciling the features of the heritage house, and ensuring that the memory of the original dwelling on the site was sufficiently preserved. V+A engaged with a large team, including city officials, heritage department members, several consultants, and the project’s stakeholders. The six-storey development also features multi-level underground parking, and strives to function as an energy efficient residential complex. The project also utilizes a green roof, and takes steps to ensure that stormwater is managed effectively.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Allenbury Gardens Phase I

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="right" content_custom_font="Allenbury Gardens: Phase I" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Phase I of Allenbury Gardens is nearing completion and occupancy. The complex will consist of a mix of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units which share park areas with condominiums. The complex delivers community-oriented, sustainable, low-rise housing for Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) residents. Units were designed to accommodate various family sizes and to provide very efficient layouts, maximum space for storage, as well as visual and physical access to green spaces. Like Phase II of the project, the close proximity to recreational and commercial amenities will make Allenbury Gardens a great location for incoming residents. Stay tuned for updates! [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="205px"][vc_single_image image="6883" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-1-portrait"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-1"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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New College Plaza

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="New College Plaza" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] By: Terence Van Elslander New College Alumni & Friends Magazine, 50th Anniversary Edition Published February 2013   "New College is best approached from the centre of the U of T campus. I recently did so by starting at Massey College, wandering through University College and Knox College, and ending up at New College – still fresh, and singularly not-Gothic. Its buildings are nonetheless college buildings, and they share many common characteristics with other college buildings. Descended from the medieval cloister, this building type has two faces: an inward and an outward – one relating to the buildings’ setting, the other creating a privileged world. It is this dual nature of the college building, simultaneously public and private, that New College expresses so well.   College courtyards form a sense of community and identity. They are reflective and contemplative spaces which always contain natural elements; when...

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Cottage on First Nations Island

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Cottage on First Nations Island" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This summer cottage is located on a First Nations island in Georgian Bay near Penetanguishene, ON. The buildings are framed in spruce and clad in pine, and were constructed entirely by local native carpenters.   A fragile layer of topsoil covers most of the island, supporting a mixed hardwood forest of birch, beech and maple trees. Ancient sand dunes below the surface have produced a widely varied topography that slopes gently toward a spectacular sandy beach.   A high ridge of land running the length of the cottage site establishes a strong natural orientation for building and movement through the landscape. The path up from the beach winds into a passage between two small buildings: A long, protective sleeping building is connected to a wide open kitchen building by a raised deck open overlooking the forest canopy.   The sleeping building affords quiet...

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University of Toronto Drone Lab

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="University of Toronto Drone Lab" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]Located in the recently built Myhal Centre, the Drone and Robotics Lab is a state of the art facility at the University of Toronto where experimental robotics are tested. The facility provides a flexible and demonstrative space for the research, testing and examination of drones and land-based robots. The lab is equipped with a fully retractable motorized grid system, allowing users to easily adjust and reposition motion capture cameras and lighting. Four large shackles are mounted to the underside of the slab, supporting the chain driven motors that raise and lower the aluminum truss. Drone safety netting separates the drone flying zone from the rest of the lab space. A sloped surface along the existing perimeter beam eliminates inaccessible areas where drones could become trapped.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Regent Park Block 28

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Regent Park Block 28" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The Regent Park Revitalization has transformed 69 acres of what was exclusively a social housing development at its inception, to a vibrant, self-sufficient, multi-use community for housing residents of mixed incomes.   This new residential townhouse block, featuring 22 homes, was constructed as part of the third phase of Regent Park’s redevelopment. Our firm was selected as the architects for the block 28 townhomes project with Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation. This was V+A’s third collaboration with Toronto Community Housing.   The townhomes engage with the community by orienting to the city street grid, defining a northern edge to the adjacent park and addressing a human scale. The composition of materials articulates the facade and provides a unique identity for each family.     [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Central Steam Plant

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Central Steam Plant" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The new Central Heating Plant replaces three existing deteriorating steam boilers and provides heat for two facilities at Millhaven and Bath Institutions for our clients, Public Works and Government Services Canada. The new steam plant houses three BHP Low Water Volume boilers, registering the plant as ‘Unattended’ allowing operation without continuous supervision, thus achieving a significant reduction in labour costs.  Also included is a new deaerator, feedwater tank, blowdown tank, pumps, chemical treatment and all other equipment to provide a complete steam production plant.   Designed to address the technical requirement of the continuous operation of the boilers, the plant also considers serviceability and maintenance needs. Continuous operable clerestory windows permit daylight to enter while preventing heat build up through natural ventilation.  The efficient use of structure and materials respond to issues of security and safety while considering ease of construction and cost.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Kelly Library Conservation Studio

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="John M. Kelly Library Conservation Studio" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A completed the new Conservation Studio at the John M. Kelly Library at the University of Toronto. The renovation transformed underused office space into a cutting-edge facility intended for book conservation.   New finishes, lighting, HVAC, casework, and partitions were provided to meet the Library Conservator's requirements. A glass wall between the stacks and the new Conservation Studio allowed for the book conservation process to be visible by students and for porous sight-lines between the studio and library stacks. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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St. George Condominiums

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="St. George Condominiums" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] St George United Church was built in the early 1920s for a large active group of parishioners. By the year 2000, the small congregation decided to relocate to shared facilities and sell the building. The purchasers made a commitment to retain the existing church and to create a development within it. They approached us with this idea in mind.   V+A designed a 37-unit residential condominium project that met this goal. In our work, we were committed to creating a development that would relate both to the existing building in form and mass, and to the surrounding neighborhood. We were also interested in preserving the significant architectural features of the existing building and to complement them in our design of the new structures.   This project was technically demanding. Due to by-law restrictions, we were compelled to work entirely within the footprint of the...

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Central Utilities Plant

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Central Utilities Plant" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A designed a new Central Utilities Plant for a university in Ontario.   The Central Utilities plant is part of an initiative by the University to increase sustainability on campus. This new plant is a component of a micro-grid system, which accommodates the additions of solar panels to various roofs on campus, provides a back-up generator and battery storage, and allows for services around campus to be consolidated into a central location.   The building is designed to allow for the optimal efficiency of its mechanical systems. Kalwall panels are used to give depth and porosity to the building's facade, and for their insulating properties.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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717 Queen Street West

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="717 Queen Street West" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The existing property is currently occupied by a two-storey combination retail and residential building. This property has been owned by a local family since the mid-1960s. The family was looking to redevelop their property into a retail and residential building, with one retail unit and eight residential rental units.   In developing our proposal, V+A was mindful of the design character of Queen Street. A careful study of the surrounding context and urban design guidelines drove the design. The design scheme maintained and improved the quality of existing uses and is compatible with the neighbourhood. We consulted with stakeholders including the area planner, the local councilor and the West Queen West BIA, whose suggestions were incorporated into the design.   The design conforms to the Garrison Common North Secondary Plan. It supports the provision of range of housing types by...

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747 Queen Street East

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="747 Queen Street" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] 747 Queen Street East is located in an emerging and attractive area of the city of Toronto, and proposes a residential condominium with street related commercial use.   The site was considered difficult to develop, primarily due to its unconventional proportions and restrictive zoning regulations. We arrived at a solution which required no variances to the by-law, and could be built under Part 9 of the building code, affording us relative ease in municipal approvals.   Each of the eight two-storey residential units boasts access to the outside, light and air ventilation from the front and rear, and is composed of a main floor with loft and double height spaces. A central courtyard forms a shared community space for the residents.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Davies Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Davies Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The design for the renovation to this Victorian semi-detached needed to create a cohesive whole, update its look, and be sympathetic to its history all while meeting the client’s contemporary living needs.   We envisioned a bright, modern and functional residence to meet these goals. We preserved the significant architectural features of the existing building and complemented them in our design of a new open-concept interior. A central brick fireplace serves as a focal point opposite the open kitchen of custom-made walnut cabinetry and stainless steel, which serves as a perfect backdrop for entertaining. The space is filled with natural light from an adjacent solarium eating area, and a lightwell in the kitchen from a removed staircase to the second floor. Pot and cove lighting fixtures were installed throughout to further bathe the space in warm hues.   Upstairs, the master bedroom, ensuite and...

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St. Leslieville Church Lofts

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="St. Leslieville Church Lofts" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] St. Leslieville (formerly known as the St. Clements Anglican Church) was built in 1913. V+A’s renovation respects the heritage of the church by maintaining the existing exterior walls, while housing fourteen dwellings, ranging in size from an 804 to 1980 square feet. These units range from one bedroom to three bedrooms in their layouts.   The church will be restored to modern standards of the Ontario Building Code, yet will also maintain its Heritage Building designation.   High efficiency heating, cooling and windows as well as modern insulation is utilized to provide multiple energy saving features. Natural light is also harnessed so the building will not contribute wastefully to the environment. Every effort was made to not contribute to landfill by salvaging existing features of the building, making the reuse of this property overall, a sound sustainable building project.   Stay tuned for updates! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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G+L Group Offices

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="G+L Group Offices" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The goals of this project were to add a second storey addition to an existing office building without disturbing ongoing business operations, and to create a strong and progressive public image. The clients own and operate a successful concrete and construction supply company.   We accomplished these goals by proposing an exoskeleton steel structure, which allows the new footings and construction to take place from the outside of the original building. Once the building is completed, an opening is made in the existing roof to allow a stairway connecting the two floors. The space between the old and new buildings is sealed at the exterior and allows the distribution of services.   The progressive image of the company is expressed by the technical appearance of the project. The new storey is a stainless steel clad ‘tube’ glazed at both ends, which will make...

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Rock Fracture Laboratory

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Rock Fracture Laboratory" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This project included renovation work for the University of Toronto’s Department of Engineering. The existing structures laboratory was transformed to include a new Rock Fracture Dynamics Laboratory, housing a $1.2 million rock fracture testing bed, seminar and meeting space, research stations and a dedicated server room.   The reworking of the existing laboratory building to create a new facility also answered the department chairman’s need to present a visible image of engineering research to prospective donors and students. The use of transparent materials produce an exciting overlap of space and use. It allows research to be a visible activity within the faculty and to display both pure and applied research as it happens. The demanding technical requirements of this project included the coordination of digital and electrical servicing to enable remote destructive testing and monitoring of material samples.   A new foundation was...

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Sidney Smith Cafe

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Sidney Smith Cafe" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The Sidney Smith Café, situated in Sidney Smith Hall on the University of Toronto St.George Campus, has served students for many years as an eatery and gathering space.   Renovations were made to accommodate a request for a more comfortable and functional space. As a construction project this involved revising servery equipment layouts, as well reviewing lighting conditions and the architectural quality of the space.   Existing problems included obstructed views and disorienting and unclear circulation as well as outdated millwork. Our design approach was to provide a simple and cohesive space to eliminate visual barriers and obstructions, and to provide a variety of student use spaces. Comfort was addressed with attractive materials and brighter lighting as well as through the articulation of the space into different areas of use: Café, Lounge and Hub. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Delaware Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Delaware Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A has completed a design for a semi-detached residence in Toronto’s Dufferin Grove neighborhood. The home is comprised of two stacked units.   The basement and ground level are designed for one tenant, whilst the second and third levels would accommodate a second tenant. The new facade relates to the surrounding context in proportion, but introduces new materials in order to give the home a contemporary appearance. Portions of the existing facade remain in order to relate to its immediate neighbour. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Hayes Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Hayes Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The Hayes Residence transformed a townhouse unit into an open and airy open concept home. A double-storey bathroom and open concept kitchen complete with a skylight were introduced to amplify the connection between the interior and exterior, and to bring natural light deep into the floor plate.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Curzon Lane Terraces

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Curzon Lane Terraces" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] With more than 500 km of laneway and unassumed roads, Toronto possesses a unique land resource for densification and an opportunity for innovative housing.   A recent CMHC report on the subject suggests that there are over 5000 potential sites for new, affordable homes in Toronto laneways.   These lanes are a result of 19th century city building. Historically, they provided secondary transportation routes, spaces for businesses and homes, and created an efficient, dense urban fabric. Until the 1950s residential and commercial use of laneways was common. Even today, hundreds of laneway dwellings are still in use. The laneway is a both a vital part of Toronto’s urban heritage, as well as its future.   Curzon Lane Terrace is a model of laneway development with proposed densities and percentage of landscaped open spaces, similar to existing coverage conditions within the neighbourhood. Peyton Lane is a...

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New College Student Council Office

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="New College Student Council Office" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The New College Student Council renovation project involved the reprogramming of the two-storey entrance atrium at the New College Student Residence Building, and the transformation of existing individual offices at entry level into an open concept office for the New College Student Council. This remodel accommodates individual work spaces, a meeting area and a lounge.   The transformation was part of an initiative to connect and enliven public space within New College and to provide a versatile gathering area for new and existing social events. The strategic design introduces a glazed wall along the existing atrium, which visually connects the council area activities with activities in the atrium. A defining frame around the glass provides a distinctive identity to the space, and creates an inviting threshold to the student council.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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IFP Classrooms

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="IFP Classrooms" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The renovation at Wetmore Hall included the establishment of an architectural identity for the New International Foundation Program. The University wanted the design of the classrooms to display a unique character, which would stand out and identify the IFP Classroom area.   The renovation accommodates seven classrooms within 450 square metres. Though the space was located in the basement of Wetmore Hall, the existing exterior band of windows allowed for the opportunity to bring daylight into the classrooms. The use of floor-to-ceiling glass planes allows available daylight to reach each classroom; each pane of glass is treated with its own band of colour.   The detailing of the doors with large glass transoms also characterize the assembly as classrooms that make up the IFP, while the stepped configuration of the classrooms capitalizes on the hallway as a place of meeting and interaction.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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St. Joseph’s Entrance

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="St. Joseph's Entrance and Tunnel Retrofit" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Golfetto Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Golfetto Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] A simple palette of materials - Douglas fir, aluminum, stone, concrete, and cement board - are combined in this project to create an elegant, light filled home.   Located near Lake Ontario in a neighbourhood of older bungalows, this project exemplifies an alternate approach to the “monster-home phenomenon”, where bungalows are demolished and large, ungainly houses erected in their place. The front of the existing house was retained, and the new work was placed carefully to preserve the small scale of the neighbourhood and the mature landscaping.   The modest budget influenced the massing, cladding and detailing of the house. Clad in cement board, with Douglas fir trim the simple exterior form has a rich, subdued appearance. The windows, also in Douglas fir, were site-built, and their off-cuts were used as baseboards. Because of the location and massing of the building, the possibility existed...

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UTM Teaching Lab

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="UTM Teaching Lab" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A completed a phased renovation on the second floor of University of Toronto Mississauga’s W.G. Davis Building. Outdated and inefficient laboratory spaces were transformed into shared teaching labs to be utilized by the faculties of Earth Sciences, Anthropology, Geography, Psychology, Forensic Science and Biology, in order to support undergraduate research initiatives.   The design introduced flexible furniture layouts to accommodate a wide range of uses by different faculties for both individual study and collaborative exercises. Versatile storage solutions were specifically designed to meet equipment requirements. Multimedia requirements for different configurations were mounted and hung in order to maximize the efficiency of each room. Additionally, the space was required to support a wide variety of experiments, which require additional power and exhaust. Specialty Thermostat & HVAC systems were installed in each lab in order to mitigate noise and vibrations, without sacrificing adequate...

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Chemistry and Physical Sciences Lab

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="UTM CPS Lab" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A renovated an existing 1850 square feet of interior and office space to create a new Chemical and Physical Science Laboratory and student lounge space at UTM’s William G. Davis Building.   New drywall partitions, doors, ceiling, millwork, finishes, lighting, and HVAC distribution were designed to maximize the efficiency of the space. Additional work was completed in the corridor to accommodate the installation of new mechanical and electrical services and Hazardous abatement. The new lab’s appearance was synchronized with the student lounge. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Buck Productions

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Buck Productions" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Buck Productions is a commercial and entertainment production agency. V+A was asked to renovate their newly acquired location at 18 Camden Street in downtown Toronto.   We worked closely with the client to ensure their particular needs and requirements were met. The resulting design is a bright, flowing space that retains the character of the existing building with a contemporary edge.   The quality of the space reflects the creative spirit and open doors concept at Buck Productions, while at the same time, accommodating the need for smaller private meeting and editing areas..   An important element for the client was the addition of an outdoor area for entertaining. This resulted in the renovation of the central stair, which pierces through the roof and leads to a spacious new rooftop garden. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Ford Models

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Ford Models" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This renovation for Ford Models Canada involved reorganizing the busy 210 square metre downtown office to increase efficiency, take better advantage of the character of the existing space, and to improve the public image of the company.   Requirements of the renovation included a central booking room, a conference room where portfolios could be reviewed digitally, a meeting room for interviewing, a kitchen area, a portfolio library, a place for office equipment, storage space for servers, coats and supplies, a private office area, and a reception space at the entrance.   We provided the client with a contemporary look that satisfied the team’s functional requirements. New lighting and revised mechanical systems were introduced to complement the design, while the use of natural daylight was maximized by allowing clear paths between existing windows on all sides of the building. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Sprouts Indoor Playground

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Sprouts Indoor Playground" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Sprouts is a unique facility offering multiple programs and services for children and young families. V+A was asked by the client to renovate their new space to meet the needs of their growing business.   We worked closely with the client to make certain that their vision was clearly expressed in the architecture and finishes of the space. The resulting design is a bright, flowing, and stimulating child and family friendly space with a contemporary edge.   The new space houses a large playground allowing for children’s free play, allowing parents to monitor their children while conversing with the staff. Preschool and daycare services are also offered within the space. Separate classrooms accommodate educational programming, such as arts and crafts, language and dance classes. Amenities include stroller parking, a quiet room for nursing mothers, baby change station, and parents’ lounge.   Sprouts has become a...

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MEDS Junction Pharmacy

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="MEDS Junction Pharmacy" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A Architects completed the renovation of a pharmacy in Toronto’s Junction neighborhood.   The existing building facade was removed to expose brick, which was then patched and repaired. A new storefront was inserted to update the façade, whilst showcasing its heritage and materiality.   Special attention was paid to neighboring buildings and context in order to respect the character and fabric of the neighborhood. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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New College Student Centre

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="New College Student Centre" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The New College Student Offices project involved renovating an existing 330 square meter area in the lower level of Wilson Hall to accommodate the needs of the college for student club offices. The design reflects the idea of community, and represents the wide range of interests of New College.   The design for the offices provides a community for the individual clubs. They are unified in their modular form yet vary in colour, to give each club office an identity. The colour, along with the slight shift in office plans, offers a sense of playfulness to the space. The shift in planes also provides fluidity to circulation and leaves pockets of unprogrammed space for meeting.   The program included 17 club offices, a large meeting room, and a student kitchenette and lounge space.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Peress Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Peress Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Our renovation to this 1890s house opens the plan and section to create smoothly related living areas, a better relation to the garden and dynamic qualities of sunlight and view.   A rich palette of materials including steel, glass and walnut play on natural light to enrich the living spaces. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Miles Lane

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Miles Lane" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This project transforms an existing 300 square feet of the 1910 cottage, located in a Toronto laneway, into a spacious, compact two-storey dwelling.   The lateral and gravity loads of the second story addition are supported on a steel frame, which pierces the old cottage, and is tied to new interior concrete footings. The addition is then framed conventionally in wood.   A folded plane wraps around the new interior, forming the faceted roof which is shaped to provide a generous interior volume, and to minimize shadow on neighboring properties.   A rooftop clerestory with a generous overhang gathers heat from the winter sun and shades the interior in summer. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Slade Residences Deck

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Slade Residences Deck" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Located in an urban backyard in downtown Toronto, this deck serves as an extension of the indoor living and dining space overlooking the lush yard beyond.   The project carefully considers light and materiality.   An imperative design consideration was to maintain the eastern sunlight that penetrated the kitchen’s interior. Thus, the roof is raised high and given a translucent acrylic cover, which both diffuses harsh afternoon sunlight and provides shelter from rain. The cantilevered beams are canted upward to give the entire roof a sense of weightlessness.  The roof sits on a frame of four slender columns, painted black to appear visually mute.   Wood was selected as the dominant material due to its warm character and inherent sustainable properties. The roof structure is Douglas fir, differentiating the deck and stairs which are Eastern White Cedar. The deck wraps up on either side...

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Hubbard Park Apartments

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Hubbard Park Apartments" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This project involved design and technical leadership to create 27 new apartments from a badly deteriorated building. This alteration realizes the full potential of marrying excellence in architectural design with community needs within a strict budget. Sustainable design solutions were applied to resolve deteriorating building conditions and for upgrades to meet current codes.   Careful planning allowed for the insertion of an elevator and creation of a lobby, where neither had previously existed. The building shell had historical value and contained a valuable material resource; consequently, the entire shell of the building was retained, while floors and roof were replaced. Photo-voltaic panels over part of the roof also shade the tenants’ new amenity space and laundry overlooking a new green roof.   This was an as-of-right project which required no planning approvals. Community and tenant consultation was undertaken at the design stages of this...

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Patterson Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Patterson Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Situated on a narrow site in the urban context of downtown Toronto, the design for Patterson Residence had to maximize area and natural light.   The result is a two-storey home, which maximizes daylight with large windows and high ceilings. A rooftop terrace off the master bedroom, on the upper level, gives the residents the enjoyment of a private outdoor space. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Egerton Lane

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Egerton Lane" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Located on a complex and difficult to service urban laneway site, the three detached homes on Egerton Lane were completed in 2014. An extensive approvals process required creative thinking to achieve site servicing and municipal approvals.   The result made the effort worthwhile. The homes enjoy the silence afforded by a quiet laneway, yet are well connected to the amenities of the surrounding downtown. Each of the three homes boast generous open concept living spaces spread over four floors with large windows and ample sunlight. A rooftop patio with views to nearby Alexandra Park and to downtown completes the package.   Laneway housing has been widely covered recently in the media. Our project has been discussed both in The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Follow the links to see the articles in their original context. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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IFP Offices

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="IFP Office Expansion" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The new IFP faculty office renovation included the establishment of an architectural identity for the new International Foundation Program.   The 130 square meter area of alteration had to accommodate an open office area, two private offices, a kitchenette, a meeting room, as well as a reception and copy area. The space was designed to accommodate administrative tasks, as well as personal student-faculty meetings.   The concept for the design was to maximize the amount of natural light, while creating a functional and comfortable environment. The entrance door was replaced with a full height glazed door and sidelight to allow light to flow through the entrance, and expose the existing brick wall creating a warm and welcoming entrance threshold to the offices. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Paperbirch Townhomes

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Paperbirch Townhomes" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Paperbirch Townhomes proposes a scheme for urban revitalization in North York. It increases density through efficient land use and by enhancing the private and public interest with streetscape initiatives.   The design fulfills the City of Toronto Urban Guidelines while remaining respectful of its historical context. The project demonstrates our ability to design contemporary and sensitive urban housing.   The existing 10,200 square meter site is occupied by four and six storey apartment buildings, with an additional four-storey building on an adjacent site. The entire complex was designed in the mid ‘50s by Peter Dickenson, and represents the then current approach to Urban Design, which valued discrete buildings placed in a continuous landscape. The current approach by the city is to promote street related buildings and a continuous street façade.   Our project serves a 1170 square meter parcel of land from the original site, and...

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Peyton Lane Homes

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Peyton Lane Homes" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Peyton Lane Homes is an example of a sensitive and neighbourly laneway development. The proposed density and landscaped spaces are similar to the existing conditions within the area. Peyton Lane is a serviced laneway, with existing residential, commercial and institutional uses. The site of our proposal is currently occupied by three concrete block storage buildings and paving.   The proposal provides three mid-sized homes sensitive to their context, and actively helps to form and improve the lane-scape. The proposed buildings are subordinate in height, mass and scale, to the surrounding street houses. The sloping roofs allow winter sunlight to penetrate the glazed south facade of the adjacent house. The rear garden introduces greenery and minimizes overlook and intrusion of privacy.   The laneway façade is articulated vertically and horizontally. It is scaled to the width of the lane and the existing buildings on...

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Avonhurst Residence

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Avonhurst Residence" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Avonhurst is a 2,000 square foot home on a large, scenic lot in Etobicoke with four yards. Specific interior walls, foundation walls, and basement spaces were preserved, and a new master addition was added to the south of the home.   V+A created a sense of enclosure on the site, while providing diagonal views through the site to expose landscape elements. Site lines between the entrance, through the dining room, and out to the lush backyard were preserved. The relationship between interior and exterior was further highlighted through fenestration openings; windows and doors strategically placed throughout the home.   Materials were used in their natural state where possible. IPE (ironwood) was used both inside and outside the home to showcase a consistent character and material palette throughout.   [vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="18" line_height="14" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Client" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="1px"][vc_column_text] David McCormick and Wayne Philips   [vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="18"...

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