Sharp Centre for Design Toronto, Canada - Alsop Architects

The elevated “table top” extension to the Ontario College of Art and Design, with its striking black and white pixilated skin and 12 multi-colored legs, stands 26 meters above the mixed Victorian and modern streetscape.
Raising the building above the ground created a new outdoor public space, Butterfield Park, and also improved pedestrian circulation in the area.
The structure contains two stories of studio and teaching spaces that connects to the existing facility by a core of elevators and stairs.
The circulation core is the central focus of the new Entrance Hall that unites the two halves of the existing College buildings at all levels.
This central space is comprised of a new four-storey Entrance Hall, entered through a full height glass facade, and a three-story Great Hall on Level 2, where students and artists can exhibit their work. This space is a gathering for events, with a gallery, auditorium, café and conference centre immediately adjacent.Excellence” from the Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, the City's highest design award handed out every two years.

"Will Alsop's academic building is an altogether original and welcome enrichment of Toronto's urban fabric; artistically bold and imaginative, and respectful of residents and users in its culturally intense neighbourhood.”
The Jury Total area of addition: 6,215 square meters
Completed: 2004.

Client: Ontario College of Art & Design
Architects: Alsop Architects Ltd.
Joint Venture Architects: Robbie/Young + Wright
Landscape Architect: Yuk Woo Lee & Associates Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Carruthers & Wallace Ltd.
Mechanical Engineer: MCW Consultants
(with Battle McCarthy at "Schematic Design" Stage)

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