Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada
Recognizing a vital need for a missing social and educational nexus in Toronto’s booming downtown core, the new Canoe Landing Campus by ZAS Architects will house a $65M community recreation centre, public and Catholic elementary schools and a childcare centre within one innovative campus.
To the benefit of the community, the City of Toronto and two publicly funded school boards collaborated to create better facilities than they could have built individually. Community engagement, urban design excellence, and sustainability have been integrated into an innovative partnership model, providing a new solution to the urban intensification currently experienced by many cities around the globe.
Serving an important social function, the campus architecture supports a new platform for connection. In a vertical, urban community where neighbours often experience solitary lifestyles, this interaction is vital. Conceived as a social condenser, the building program was developed through multiple community meetings attended by hundreds of residents. Community input generated innovative spaces such as indoor play areas geared to enhancing children’s gross motor skills and the creation of multi-purpose rooms that adapt to both active and passive uses.
Sustainability and resiliency are prominently integrated, including maximizing green roof opportunities and an introduction of photo-voltaic panels to generate 10% renewable energy to meet the highest level of the City of Toronto Green Standards. Above, the building features a dynamic, “active” green roof – complete with a basketball court, jogging track and urban gardens. Functioning as a natural extension of the adjacent Canoe Landing Park, the sloping green roofs sculpturally address both aesthetics and functionality, creating a “fifth elevation” rather than a typical roof.
Toronto’s population boom and an influx of new, culturally diverse residents means that to meet demand, homes, and neighbourhoods will continue to rise skywards. The Canoe Landing Campus serves as an urban model with the ability to socially bind these vertical communities together.
City of Toronto & Childrens Services
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Catholic District School Board
158,893 sqft on 3.32 acre site
Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
Canoe Landing Childcare Centre
Jean Lumb Public School
Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School
Below Grade Parking Garage
Landscaping and Playgrounds
Tracking to Toronto Green Standards Tier 2
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"Cranes in Place for Canoe Landing Centre at Condord CityPlace." Jack Landau. UrbanToronto. Nov. 24, 2017. Link
"New public-Catholic school to be built at City Place." Marco Chown Oved. Toronto Star. June 29, 2015. Link
"Two schools planned on Toronto waterfront to share one building." Selena Ross. The Globe and Mail. June 24, 2015. Link