• TEAM

    THE TEAM

  • YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SOULPEPPER AND GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE, TORONTO 2006

    NEW PARADIGM

    A MAJOR REGIONAL DRAMA COMPANY INTERSECTS WITH THE ACADEMY, ON A 19TH CENTURY TORONTO INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE CAMPUS, RESULTING IN A UNIQUELY ANIMATED 24/7 PLACE.

    YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SOULPEPPER AND GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE, TORONTO, 2006

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    JUST STRUCTURE + AIR

    FIRST AND FOREMOST THE YOUNG CENTRE IS ABOUT ART  AND ARTISTS. IN A WAY, AS A NEUTRAL GROUND FOR EXPRESSION, THE LOBBY, THEATRE ROOMS AND STUDIOS ARE JUST STRUCTURE AND AIR.

    NEOPRIMITIVE, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

    AS A RESULT, THE FOUND OBJECT/NEOPRIMITIVE  ARCHITECTURE EMOTES A MESSAGE THAT IN THIS ROUGH AND READY SPACE, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

    ART + DIALOGUE

    THE PROJECT TOOK SHAPE THROUGH INTENSIVE DIALOGUE WITH KEY VISIONARIES OF SOULPEPPER AND GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE, INCLUDING ARTISTS, MANAGEMENT AND TEACHING LEADERS. AS A RESULT, IT IS A WONDERFUL MODEL OF CROSS DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION.

    FOURTH STAGE

    ON OPENING NIGHT, THE LOBBY STAIR BECOMES A STAGE FOR SOULPEPPER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ALBERT SCHULTZ’S POST-PERFORMANCE REMARKS.

    ECONOMY + VALUE

    FOR A THEATRE PROJECT IT IS REMARKABLY ECONOMICAL, FROM BOTH A CAPITAL AND OPERATING COST PERSPECTIVE.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE (SENIOR ASSOCIATE), MARK JAFFAR (PROJECT ARCHITECT); GORAN MILOSEVIC, KEVIN THOMAS, ANNE LOK, ANDREA MACAROUN, THOM SETO, KRISTA CLARK, RAMON JANER, CLEMENTINE CHANG, STEPHEN KOPP, ANDREW SINCLAIR, CAROLYN LEE, AND VIRGINIA DOSREIS

    LOCATION

    THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT, TANK HOUSES 9 AND 10, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    44,000 S.F

    CLIENT

    GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE AND SOULPEPPER THEATRE COMPANY

    COST

    $10.0 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    READ JONES CHRISTOFFERSEN LTD. (STRUCTURAL), CROSSEY ENGINEERING LTD. (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL), THEATRE PROJECTS CONSULTANTS (THEATRE), AERCOUSTICS ENGINEERING LTD. (ACOUSTICS), ERA ARCHITECTS INC. (HERITAGE), THE BEGGARSTAFF SISTERS (SIGNAGE), ENGINEERING HARMONICS (PERFORMANCE SOUND)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    TOM ARBAN

    COMPLETION

    2006
  • MITCHELL HOUSE

    MITCHELL HOUSE

  • SPRAGUE MEMORIAL HALL, YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC 2003

    REHONOURED

    TO PLAY A MULTIPLICITY OF ROLES FOR THE YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC.

    SPRAGUE MEMORIAL HALL, YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, NEW HAVEN, 2003

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    GREATNESS

    AT THE CENTRE OF YALE, JUST OFF CROSS CAMPUS, SPRAGUE HALL EMBODIES THE GREATNESS OF THE UNIVERSITY’S MUSIC PROGRAMME. IT IS AN ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE, REQUIRING THE ARCHITECT’S DEFT HAND.

    ART + DIALOGUE

    THE USERS OF THIS SPACE - DEAN ROBERT BLOCKER, FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION, STUDENTS - WERE INVOLVED FROM THE BEGINNING, THUS ENSURING THAT THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENTS WAS INCORPORATED.

    SALIENT FEATURES

    WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE HERITAGE QUALITIES OF SPRAGUE HALL, THE FOLLOWING TRANSFORMATIONS WERE INCORPORATED:
    • SUBTLE VISUAL INTEGRATION OF THE LOBBY TO THE STREET, MAKING THE BUILDING’S PUBLIC SPACE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND INVITING
    • WINDOW TREATMENT TO ISOLATE SOUND AND ENABLE FULL LIGHT OR BLACKOUT FOR OPERETTAS
    • NEW CONTROL ROOM, SOUND AND LIGHT LOCKS AND SCORE READING LOCATIONS
    • MORSE HALL OUTFITTED AS A RECORDING STUDIO
    • PERFORMANCE LIGHTING
    • INVISIBLE UPGRADE TO SYSTEMS AND FINISHES

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE (SENIOR ASSOCIATE), JUDITH TAYLOR (ASSOCIATE), MARGARET GRAHAM, DAVID POLOWAY, AARON LETKI, JILL GREAVES

    LOCATION

    470 COLLEGE STREET, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

    SIZE

    34,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    YALE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF MUSIC

    COST

    $15.0 MILLION (USD)

    CONSULTANTS

    PATRICK PINNELL ARCHITECT (CONSULTING ARCHITECT), LZA/THORNTON TOMASETTI ENGINEERS (STRUCTURAL), ALTIERI SEBOR WIEBER LLC (MEP/FP), R. LAWRENCE KIRKEGAARD AND ASSOCIATES (ACOUSTICS), GEORGE SEXTON ASSOCIATES (LIGHTING), THEATRE PROJECTS CONSULTANTS (PERFORMANCE LIGHTING), VERMEULENS COST CONSULTANT (COST), BRUCE J. SPIEWAK (FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY), TOWERS/GOLDE WITH CORNELIA HAHN OBERLANDER (LANDSCAPE)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    JEFF GOLDBERG

    COMPLETION

    2003
  • 18 YORK, PWC TOWER FOR GWL REALTY, BCIMC, TORONTO, 2011

    ALL CLEAR

    TO BECOME AN ELEGANT ‘GREY FLANNEL SUIT’ TOWER FOR TORONTO’S NEWEST BUSINESS DISTRICT - SOUTH CORE.

    18 YORK, PWC TOWER FOR GWL REALTY, BCIMC, TORONTO, 2011

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    PUNCHING BIGGER THAN ITS WEIGHT

    THE GENERATING IDEA WAS TO PRODUCE A 28-STOREY OFFICE BUILDING THAT WOULD PROVE A BIG DRAW IN THE TORONTO MARKETPLACE, ENABLING ITS SOUTH-OF-THE-TRACKS SITE TO SOAR AS A NEW BUSINESS ADDRESS.

    KEY IDEAS

    THE KEY IDEAS TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL WERE AS FOLLOWS:
    • HIGHLY EFFICIENT FLOOR PLATE WITH GOOD DIMENSIONS
    • URBAN FOREST ON TERRACE BETWEEN BUILDING AND TRACKS - AS AN AMENITY BUT ALSO AS AN OBJECT OF DESIRE AS VIEWED FROM THE STREET OR TRAIN, BELOW.
    • CHICAGO SCALE LOBBY THAT CAN DOUBLE AS A THEATRE / COMMUNICATION SPACE
    • TAUT SKINNED, ALL TRANSPARENT, HIGH PERFORMANCE ENVELOPE PRODUCING A LEAN, CLEAN, ELEGANT LOOK
    • VISIBLY GREEN ROOF BY LOOK, FEEL AND PERFORMANCE, BEHIND LATTICE SCREEN AT TOP
    • LEED GOLD

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE (ASSOCIATE IN CHARGE), TAKUMA HANDA, KEVIN THOMAS, THOM SETO, SAFDAR ABIDI, JOHN ALLEN, GLENN MACMULLIN, BILL COLACO, JOSE EMILA, VICTOR GARZON, RAMON JANER, RITA KIRIAKIS, CAROLYN LEE, ROBIN RAMCHARAN, GARTH ZIMMER, RAZVAN GHILIC MICU, RICHARD LAM

    LOCATION

    18 YORK STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    850,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    GREAT WEST LIFE REALTY ADVISORS

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    URBAN STRATEGIES INC. (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT), HALCROW YOLLES (STRUCTURAL), THE MITCHELL PARTNERSHIP INC. (MECHANICAL), MULVEY & BANANI INTERNATIONAL INC (ELECTRICAL), SOBERMAN ENGINEERING (ELEVATOR), CORBAN AND GOODE (LANDSCAPE), LEBER/RUBES INC. (CODE), EXTREME MEASURES INC (AREA MEASUREMENTS), LEA CONSULTING LTD. (TRAFFIC & PARKING), MARSHALL MACKLIN MONAGHAN (SURVEYOR), E.R.A (HERITAGE), HALSALL (SUSTAINABILITY), RWDI (WIND), AERCOUSTICS (ACOUSTICS), TERRAPROBE LTD (GEOTECHNICAL), STANDARD PARKING OF CANADA (PARKING CONTROLS), CINI-LITTLE (WASTE HANDLING), BHANDARI PLATER / ENTRO (SIGNAGE), HYDROSENSE (IRRIGATION DESIGN), TURNER & TOWNSEND CM2R (COST), BROOK VAN DALEN (FACADE CONSULTANT)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    TOM ARBAN, MARIS MEZULIS

    COMPLETION

    2011
  • NOTA BENE, 180 QUEEN STREET WEST, NEAR CITY HALL 2007

    BIG ROOM

    NOTA BENE’S MAIN DINING ROOM FEELS COMFORTABLE AND ELEGANT IN THE TRADITION OF THE WORLD’S BEST DINING EXPERIENCES; IT IS A PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN.

    NOTA BENE, 180 QUEEN STREET WEST, NEAR CITY HALL, TORONTO, 2007

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    FIT-UP

    THE COMMISSION FOR THE FIT-UP OF NOTA BENE GREW OUT OF AN INVOLVEMENT AS ARCHITECTS FOR THE BASE BUILDING, AND A PASSION TO BE A PART OF THE RESTAURANT OWNERS’ TEAM.

    VISIONARY TRIUMVIRATE

    NOTA BENE WAS CONCEIVED AND REALIZED BY A TRIO OF CANADA’S BEST FOOD ENTREPRENEURS/ARTISTS. THEIR COLLABORATION MIRRORS THAT OF THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE WORLD AS FOLLOWS:

    MUSICIAN / CONDUCTOR / IMPRESARIO

    DAVID LEE AS EXECUTIVE CHEF / YANNICK BIGOURDAN AS MANAGER AND PROPRIETOR / FRANCO PREVEDELLO AS FOOD IMPRESARIO.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), DAVID JESSON (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), BRAD HINDSON (PROJECT ARCHITECT), CAROLYN LEE, FRANCES LAGO

    LOCATION

    180 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    7,626 S.F.

    CLIENT

    FRANCO PREVEDELLO, YANNICK BIGOURDAN, AND DAVID LEE

    COST

    WITHHELD

    CONSULTANTS

    AVAM MECHANICAL DESIGN (MECHANICAL), KYNETA GROUP (ELECTRICAL), ANJINNOV MANAGEMENT (KITCHEN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION MANAGER), SUZANNE POWADIUK DESIGN INC. (LIGHTING)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    TOM ARBAN

    COMPLETION

    2007
  • MUNK CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS + TRINITY GRAHAM LIBRARY 2003

    RESPECT

    NEW LANTERN BRIDGE + CLOISTER ELEMENTS TIE THREE FORMER DORMITORIES TOGETHER AS A NEW U OF T CENTRE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.

    MUNK CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS + TRINITY GRAHAM LIBRARY, TORONTO, 2003

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    ADAPTIVE REUSE

    AT THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, THREE FORMER HERITAGE MASONRY DORMITORIES ARE TRANSFORMED INTO A NEW STUDY CENTRE CONTAINING LIBRARY, STUDY, OFFICE, SEMINAR AND SOCIAL SPACES.

    NEW CLOISTER AS CATALYST

    A NEW, SEASONALLY ADJUSTABLE CLOISTER BINDS THE BUILDINGS TOGETHER AT GRADE WHILE ACTING AS A SOCIAL CATALYST. IT ALSO ESTABLISHES SEAMLESS, HIGHLY ACCESSIBLE CONNECTIONS TO THE SURROUNDING CAMPUS.

    ACADEMIC SYNERGIES

    THE SITE AND BUILDINGS ARE SHARED BY TRINITY COLLEGE’S GRAHAM LIBRARY AND THE NEW MUNK CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, PRODUCING SYNERGIZING INTERSECTIONS WITHIN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, AND PROVIDING THE MUNK CENTRE WITH EASY ACCESS TO TRINITY’S COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY STRONG IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES.

    OPEN COURTYARD AS SYMBOL

    AN OPEN COURTYARD WITH A ‘TAPIS VERT’ AND REFLECTING POOLS AT ITS CENTRE PROVIDES A QUIET OASIS FOR TRINITY AND MUNK USERS.

    BROADCAST/SEMINAR USES FUSED

    AT THE END OF THE SOUTH WING, A NEW LANTERN-LIKE ROOM PROVIDES A SPACE FOR THE CENTRE’S DIRECTOR, JANICE GROSS STEIN, TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD FROM A HYBRIDIZED, STATE-OF-THE-ART BROADCAST ROOM/GATHERING SPACE.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (DESIGN PARTNER), LUIGI LAROCCA (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), VICTORIA GREGORY (PROJECT ARCHITECT), HEATHER DUBBELDAM, MEG GRAHAM, BRENT WAGLER, ALEX LAM, FORDE JOHNSON, BILL COLACO, JUDITH TAYLOR

    LOCATION

    1 DEVONSHIRE PLACE, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    78,706 S.F.

    CLIENT

    TRINITY COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

    COST

    $13.9 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    YOLLES PARTNERSHIP INC. (STRUCTURAL), MERBER CORPORATION (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL), JAMES F. VERMEULEN INC. (COST), TERRAPROBE LIMITED (GEOTECHNICAL), SUZANNE POWADIUK DESIGN (LIGHTING), JANET ROSENBERG & ASSOCIATES (LANDSCAPE), LEBER/RUBES INC. (FIRE & LIFE SAFETY), BRIAN ARNOTT ASSOCIATES (VISUAL MEDIA), AERCOUSTICS ENGINEERING LTD. (ACOUSTICS CONSULTANT), KEITH BLADES (HISTORIC RESTORATION), DEW ARCHITECTURE INC. (FOUNTAIN), BROOK VAN DALEN (BUILDING ENVELOPE)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2003
  • STAUFFER LIBRARY AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, KINGSTON 1994

    RESONANT CHORD

    A COMPETITION-WINNING SCHEME DEMONSTRATES A WAY TO CONSTRUCT A CONTEMPORARY STONE BUILDING FOR A PRECAST BUDGET.

    STAUFFER LIBRARY AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, KINGSTON, 1994

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    ROTUNDA

    A ROTUNDA AT THE BUILDING’S MAJOR ENTRY ESTABLISHES AN ICONIC IMAGE AND FOCAL POINT FOR THE LIBRARY, VISIBLE FROM UP AND DOWN UNIVERSITY AVENUE AT THE HEART OF THE QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.

    FIREPLACE ROOM

    COMMANDING THE UPPER FLOOR OF THE ROTUNDA IS AN OCTAGONAL FIREPLACE ROOM, ONE OF A SERIES OF DISTINCT READING ROOMS ORGANIZED AT THE PERIMETER OF THE CENTRAL ‘BOOK BUILDING,’ WHERE GOOD LIGHT, VIEWS TO THE CAMPUS OUTSIDE, AND A QUIET REPOSE AWAY FROM THE LIBRARY’S MAIN STAIRWAY ACHIEVE A SENSE OF CALM THAT ENCOURAGES SCHOLARLY PURSUITS.

    LIGHT-FILLED SPINE

    A LIGHT-FILLED VERTICAL SPINE ORGANIZES THE CIRCULATION SYSTEM THROUGHOUT, WHILE ALSO BRINGING LIGHT TO THE CENTRE OF THE DEEP FLOOR PLATE. THIS LINEAR ATRIUM SPACE IS RINGED WITH CARRELS ENABLING STUDENTS TO WORK AT INDIVIDUAL PERCHES WHILE OCCASIONALLY TAKING BREAKS TO ‘CHECK OUT’ THEIR COLLEAGUES. IT IS A PLACE TO STUDY, BUT ALSO TO HANG OUT; TO SEE AND BE SEEN.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE, GORAN MILOSEVIC, DAVID PONTARINI (ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTS), ALAN VIHANT, ANDREW DYKE, ROBERT GILVESY, JUDY TAYLOR, KATHERINE PANKRANTZ, FRED ALLIN, VICTORIA GREGORY, LEXI KOLTWAGNER CONSULTING ARCHITECTS: MOFFAT KINOSHITA ASSOCIATES INC. (CONTRACT DOCUMENT PHASE)

    LOCATION

    99 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, KINGSTON

    SIZE

    230,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

    COST

    $29.0 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    ROBERT HALSALL & ASSOCIATES LTD. (STRUCTURAL), JSA ENERGY ANALYSTS (MECHANICAL), MULVEY AND BANANI INTERNATIONAL INC. (ELECTRICAL), JAMES VERMEULEN (COST)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    JEFF GOLDBERG

    COMPLETION

    1994
  • 180 QUEEN STREET WEST, FEDERAL COURT BUILDING FOR GWL REALTY 2007

    SPLIT PERSONALITY

    A COMPETITION-WINNING SCHEME FOR A SMALLISH TORONTO TOWER PRESENTS TWO DISTINCT BUT COMPLEMENTARY FRONTS.

    180 QUEEN STREET WEST, FEDERAL COURT BUILDING FOR GWL REALTY, TORONTO, 2007

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    QUEEN TO A KING

    THE NEW 180 QUEEN STREET WEST TOWER IS CONCEIVED AS A COMPANION/ COUNTERPOINT TO THE BROAD-SHOULDERED STONE HERITAGE BUILDING THAT STANDS AT THE HEART OF THE CANADA LIFE CAMPUS - ITS ICONIC CENTREPIECE, IF YOU WILL, A QUEEN TO KING RELATIONSHIP. SHE: SLIMMER, CURVACEOUS, MULTIPLE PERSONAS, WITH A STATELY TALL STONE FACADE TO UNIVERSITY AVENUE AND A MORE COMPLEX, SENSUOUS, FACADE TO QUEEN STREET WEST.

    SYMBOLISM

    THE MAIN SYMBOL FOR THE BUILDING AND PROJECT IS DYNAMIC BALANCE: ‘JUSTICE IS A WOMAN, BLINDFOLDED AND HOLDING A SCALE.’ THE BUILDING EXPRESSES THIS DYNAMISM THROUGH ITS HYBRIDIZED FORM. IT ALSO PICKS UP ON THE CURVES OF NEIGHBOURING CITY HALL.

    GREEN FLOOR

    AT THE MIDWAY POINT, A GREEN GARDEN FLOOR ORGANIZES THE BUILDING IN TWO PARTS, WITH A STONE AND GLASS BASE ACCOMMODATING THE FEDERAL COURT. ABOVE THAT, A LEVITATING, SAIL-LIKE BUILDING WITH CURVED GLASS SURFACES PROVIDES COMMERCIAL SPACE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE FEDERAL COURT EXPANSION.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE (SENIOR ASSOCIATE), KEVIN THOMAS (PROJECT ARCHITECT), LUIGI LAROCCA, GORAN MILOSEVIC, FRANZISKA CAPE, RITA KIRIAKIS, KATYA MARSHALL, THOM SETO, JOHN AGNIDIS, AARON LETKI, CHRIS WEGNER, CLEMENTINE CHANG, RICHARD WONG, JOHN ALLEN

    LOCATION

    180 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO

    SIZE

    259,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    GREAT WEST LIFE REALTY ADVISERS

    COST

    $50.0 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    STONE MCQUIRE VOGT ARCHITECTS (CONSULTING ARCHITECTS, PRODUCTION), YOLLES PARTNERSHIP INC. (STRUCTURAL AND BUILDING ENVELOPE), THE MITCHELL PARTNERSHIP (MECHANICAL), MULVEY & BANANI INTERNATIONAL INC. (ELECTRICAL), URBAN STRATEGIES (URBAN DESIGN), LEA CONSULTING LTD. (TRAFFIC), LEBER/ RUBES INC. (CODE), SOLUCORE ELEVATOR SOLUTIONS WITH SOBERMAN ENGINEERING (ELEVATORS), EXTREME MEASURES (FLOOR AREA ANALYSIS), RWDI (WIND STUDY), HALSALL (LEED)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    EDUARD HUEBER, TOM ARBAN, PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2007
  • LUMINATO ‘LIGHT STEPS’ AT DUNDAS SQUARE, TORONTO 2008

    BIG FUN

    ‘LIGHT STEPS’ CELEBRATES AND PROVIDES STRONG CIVIC PRESENCE FOR LUMINATO FESTIVAL’S 2008 EVENT HEADQUARTERS AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE.

    LUMINATO ‘LIGHT STEPS’ AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE TORONTO, 2008

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    AT THE REQUEST OF JANICE PRICE, CEO OF LUMINATO FESTIVAL, KPMB WAS ASKED TO COLLABORATE WITH AN INTERNAL TEAM AND WITH DESIGNER MICHAEL LEVINE TO CONCEPTUALIZE AN IDEA FOR THE FESTIVAL’S 2008 INSTALLATION AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE. THE RESULTING CONCEPT - TO INVOKE THE CLASSIC DANCE/PARTY HALL - RESULTED IN ‘LIGHT STEPS,’ COMPRISED OF SEVERAL HUNDRED ILLUMINATED AND SEPARATELY PROGRAMMABLE SPHERES BOBBING ABOVE THE YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE PLAZA TO CREATE A PLAYFUL YET RIVETING PARTY ATMOSPHERE FOR LUMINATO’S HEADQUARTERS. WORK ON THE PROJECT WAS A PRO BONO CONTRIBUTION BY THE ARCHITECTS.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (DESIGN PARTNER), BRUCE KUWABARA, BRAD HINDSON (PROJECT ARCHITECT), JOY CHARBONNEAU, JESSICA SIN, TAEWOOK EUM, ROBERT FABER, LINDSAY KEIR; BLACKWELLBOWICK STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING TEAM (DAVID BOWICK, MICHAEL HOPKINS)

    LOCATION

    YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE

    SIZE

    -

    CLIENT

    LUMINATO

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    -

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    TOM ARBAN

    COMPLETION

    2008
  • STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATRE STAGE III TRANSFORMATION 1997

    REVOLUTIONARY

    TYRONE GUTHRIE AND TANYA MOISEVITCH’S 1953 DARING INVENTION OF THE THRUST STAGE IS REIMAGINED AND RE-ENGINEERED INSIDE STRATFORD’S FESTIVAL THEATRE.

    STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATRE STAGE III TRANSFORMATION, STRATFORD, 1997

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    CONCENTRIC LAYERS

    A GOOD WAY TO LOOK AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL TRANSFORMATION PROJECT IS AS A SERIES OF LAYERS EMANATING FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH THE FAMOUS THRUST STAGE AT THE VERY CENTRE. THE FINAL LAYER - THE LOBBY LAYER - ACTS AS A KIND OF CASE TO THE CENTRAL INSTRUMENT, THE HISTORIC THRUST STAGE AUDITORIUM.

    MAGICAL, HORSESHOE-SHAPED DRIVE

    THE ARRIVAL SEQUENCE IS SHIFTED AND REORGANIZED AS A HORSESHOE-SHAPED CEREMONIAL DRIVE AND WALKWAY - THE MEIGHEN GARDENS - DEFINED BY MAGICAL, LUMINOUS, CANVAS-COVERED COLUMNS. INSIDE THE DRIVE, A SERIES OF TERRACES WITH PERENNIAL BEDS AND A FOUNTAIN OFFER VISITORS A CHANCE TO RELAX BEFORE, AFTER AND DURING INTERVALS OF THE PERFORMANCE, AMPLIFYING THE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.

    VITAL THEATRE CHANGES

    INSIDE THE AUDITORIUM, THE SACRED STAGE IS HONOURED WITH RE-CALIBRATED SIDE WALLS AND SEATING, NEW CONNECTIONS BETWEEN EXISTING VOMITORIES, NEW SOUND AND LIGHT LOCKS AND AN ACOUSTICAL CANOPY OVERHEAD.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), VICTORIA GREGORY, GORAN MILOSEVIC (ASSOCIATES IN CHARGE), MARK JAFFAR, IAN IZUKAWA, BILL COLACO, MEG GRAHAM, JOHN ALLEN

    LOCATION

    55 QUEEN STREET, STRATFORD, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    71,100 S.F.

    CLIENT

    STRATFORD SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL FOUNDATION OF CANADA

    COST

    $13.5 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    ROBERT FAIRFIELD, (CONSULTING ARCHITECT), YOLLES PARTNERSHIP LTD. (STRUCTURAL), MERBER CORPORATION (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL), JAMES F. VERMEULEN INC. (COST), NEIL TURNBULL LTD. (LANDSCAPE), SUZANNE POWADIUK DESIGNS (LIGHTING), LEBER-RUBES INC. (CODE), KJA CONSULTANTS INC. (ELEVATOR)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    MICHAEL AWAD

    COMPLETION

    1997
  • WOODSWORTH COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, ONTARIO 1992

    EQUAL STATUS

    A NEW COURTYARD FOR WOODSWORTH COLLEGE CREATES A HOME FOR PART-TIME STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.

    WOODSWORTH COLLEGE, PETER BRONFMAN COURTYARD, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, TORONTO, 1992

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    QUIRKY CONTEXTUAL

    A NEW L-SHAPED CLASSROOM AND OFFICE BUILDING WITH A SEASONALLY ADJUSTABLE CLOISTER FRAMES A MID-BLOCK COURTYARD BEHIND A STRING OF HERITAGE HOUSES ON ST. GEORGE STREET. ITS QUIRKY CIRCULATION SYSTEM INVITES YOU IN FROM MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS AND IDIOSYNCRATICALLY STITCHES A SERIES OF PREEXISTING BUILDINGS - FORMER DRILL HALL AND OFFICERS’ MESS, HERITAGE HOUSES, GARAGE, ETC. - TOGETHER INTO A COHERENT NEW WHOLE.

    ACADEMIC VISION

    THE PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL OF WOODSWORTH INSISTED ON QUALITY MATERIALS THROUGHOUT, WHICH HAD THE EFFECT OF ELEVATING THE OVERALL EXPECTATIONS FOR NEW ARCHITECTURE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO CAMPUS.

    GESTURAL LAYER

    A LIGHT, GESTURAL LAYER OF SUPPORT ELEMENTS - FOUNTAIN, TIMBER CREDENZA, GARDEN AND CLOISTER BENCHES - IS PLAYED AGAINST THE QUIET, DEFERENTIAL NEW MASONRY ARCHITECTURE OF THE COURTYARD WALL.

    BMA/KPMB TRANSITION

    WOODSWORTH COLLEGE IS ONE OF TWO KEY TRANSITIONAL PROJECTS THAT ENABLED KPMB TO RISE SUCCESSFULLY FROM BARTON MYERS ASSOCIATES AS A NEW FIRM IN ITS OWN RIGHT.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    BARTON MYERS ARCHITECT INC. / KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (KPMB PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), SIAMAK HARIRI (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), BARTON MYERS, DAVID PONTARINI, VICTORIA GREGORY, MITCHELL HALL

    LOCATION

    119 ST-GEORGE STREET, TORONTO

    SIZE

    41,640 S.F.

    CLIENT

    WOODSWORTH COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, ONTARIO

    COST

    $8.0 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    YOLLES PARTNERSHIP LTD. (STRUCTURAL), MERBER CORPORATION (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL), A.J. VERMEULEN INC. (COST), FERRIS MCCLUSKEY QUINN & ASSOCIATES (LANDSCAPE)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    STEVEN EVANS

    COMPLETION

    1992
  • STUDY AT YALE, TRANSFORMATION OF FORMER COLONY MOTOR INN 2008

    CORB TO KAHN

    A FORMERLY CANARY YELLOW MOTOR HOTEL IS TRANSFORMED AND GIVEN NEW SWAGGER ON A KEY NEW HAVEN SITE.

    STUDY AT YALE, TRANSFORMATION OF FORMER COLONY MOTOR INN, NEW HAVEN, 2008

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    SERENDIPITOUS CATALYST

    THE PROJECT TO TRANSFORM A FORMER MOTOR COURT ON THE EDGE OF YALE INTO A UNIQUE CAMPUS-ORIENTED HOTEL RESULTED FROM THE ARCHITECT’S REPEATED TRIPS TO THE UNIVERSITY FOR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL REASONS, COUPLED WITH AN ENTREPRENEURIAL EYE. THE RESULT, A SERIES OF UNSOLICITED ADVOCACY SKETCHES, ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF A DYNAMIC HOTELIER FROM NEW YORK AND CATALYZED THE HOTEL PROJECT.

    MAGNETIZING THE SPACE BETWEEN

    THE RESULTING STUDY AT YALE ‘FACES OFF’ ACROSS CHAPEL STREET FROM THE YALE SCHOOL OF ART’S NEW BUILDING, MAGNETIZING THE SPACE BETWEEN THE TWO.

    STREET AS STAGE, HOTEL LOBBY AS CINEMATIC FRAME

    THIS ALSO ENABLES THE METAPHOR OF THE STREET BETWEEN AS STAGE; THE HOTEL’S HORIZONTAL GLAZED LOBBY WALL WITH ITS SYNCOPATED RHYTHM OF CLEAR AND MULTICOLOURED WINDOW LIGHTS IS READ FROM THE STREET AT NIGHT AS A LARGE PLAYFUL PICTURE FRAME OR PROSCENIUM. DURING DAYTIME, THE RELATIONSHIP IS INVERTED. IN THIS WAY THE BUILDING RELATES TO ITS ENVIRONMENT AND ENCOURAGES INTERACTION WITH IT.

    BASIC STUDY ROOMS

    THE ROOMS ARE WELL APPOINTED YET SIMPLE AND OUTFITTED WITH GENEROUS BUILT-IN STUDY SPACES.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (DESIGN PARTNER), DAVID POLOWAY (PROJECT ARCHITECT), DAN BENSON, MARK JAFFAR, RITA KIRIAKIS, AMIR SHAROKHI, LILLY LIAUKUS, JILL GREAVES

    LOCATION

    1157 CHAPEL STREET, NEW HAVEN, CT

    SIZE

    70,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    HOSPITALITY 3 LLC

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    BRUCE J. SPIEWAK, AIA (CODE, FIRE, AND LIFE SAFETY), SUZANNE POWADIUK DESIGN INC (LIGHTING), BRIAN BALLANTYNE SPECIFICATIONS (SPECIFICATIONS), OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY (ELEVATOR), DESIMONE (STRUCTURAL), NATCOMM, LLC (MECHANICAL / ELECTRICAL), VHB – VANASSE HANGEN BRUSTLIN, INC. (CIVIL), LANGAN ENGINEERING (GEOTECHNICAL), GODFREY-HOFFMAN ASSOCIATES LLC (SURVEYOR), ROMANO GATLAND (FOOD SERVICES), SKS DESIGN (AUDIO VISUAL), LERCH BANKS INC. (ELEVATOR)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    TOM ARBAN

    COMPLETION

    2008
  • ARTHUR MILLER THEATRE AND WALGREEN DRAMA CENTRE FOR UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S SCHOOL OF MUSIC 2008

    TEMPLE LUX

    STATELY BY DAY AND LUMINOUS AT NIGHT, THE NEW ARTHUR MILLER THEATRE COMMANDS SEVERAL NEW COURTYARDS ON MICHIGAN’S NORTH CAMPUS.

    ARTHUR MILLER THEATRE AND WALGREEN DRAMA CENTER FOR UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 2008

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    MICHIGAN’S GREAT PLAYWRIGHT

    A NEW TEACHING THEATRE WITH SUPPORT SPACES FOR REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION OCCUPIES A KEY SITE NEAR THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S EERO SAARINEN BUILDING AND HONOURS THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S FAMOUS ALUMNUS ARTHUR MILLER.

    TEMPLE-LIKE PIVOT/BEACON

    FROM THE OUTSIDE, THE THEATRE IS ARTICULATED AS A DISTINCT COLUMNED PAVILION, CLAD ENTIRELY IN TRANSLUCENT AND CLEAR GLASS. IT ATTACHES TO ONE END OF A LINEAR STUDIO/CLASSROOM BUILDING, AND IN SO DOING FRAMES TWO COURTYARDS AND BECOMES A LUMINOUS BEACON FOR MICHIGAN’S NORTH CAMPUS.

    FLEXIBLE COURTYARD STAGE

    INSIDE THE FLEXIBLE COURTYARD THEATRE, A WIDE THRUST STAGE REFLECTS THE UNIVERSITY’S PEDAGOGICAL NEED TO PROVIDE A TEACHING SPACE FOR PREDOMINANTLY LARGE-CAST PLAYS. IN TRANSLATION, THE BUILDING IS A SIMPLE LAYERING OF ELEMENTS: A STEEL FRAME COURTYARD WITH SEATING INSIDE, A CONCRETE BOX AND FINALLY A TRANSLUCENT SHROUD OF BACKLIT GLASS WRAPPING THE WHOLE, EXCEPTING THE LOBBY, WHERE THE GLASS IS TRANSPARENT.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE (SENIOR ASSOCIATE), DAVID JESSON (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), ERIK JENSEN, MARGARET GRAHAM D’ELIA, DAN BENSON, NICHOLAS CHOY, SCOTT POMEROY, JIMMY SUN, JEFF STRAUSS, MIYAKO PANALAKS, RICARDO WULFF, JENNIFER DAVIS

    LOCATION

    UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NORTH CAMPUS, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

    SIZE

    97,500 S.F.

    CLIENT

    UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DRAMA

    COST

    $28.4 MILLION (COST INCLUDES WALGREEN CENTER AND THE NORTH CAMPUS AUDITORIUM)

    CONSULTANTS

    THORNTON TOMASETTI (STRUCTURAL), ALTIERISE BORWIEBER (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING/FIRE PROTECTION), PHILIP R SHERMAN PE (FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY), BECKETT AND RAEDER (CIVIL/LANDSCAPE), THEATRE PROJECTS CONSULTANTS INC. (THEATRE), THE TALASKE GROUP INC. (ACOUSTICS/AV), SUZANNE POWADIUK (LIGHTING), VERMEULENS (COSTING)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    TOM ARBAN

    COMPLETION

    2008
  • NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA’S WALTER CARSEN CENTRE, TORONTO 1996

    NICE LEGS

    A ROBUST MUSCULAR + LEAN INTERIOR ON TORONTO’S WATERFRONT SERVES AS HEADQUARTERS, STUDIO, PRODUCTION SPACE FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY.

    NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA’S WALTER CARSEN CENTRE, TORONTO, 1996

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    A CONSOLIDATING HOME

    THE WALTER CARSEN CENTRE ON TORONTO’S WATERFRONT ENABLES CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET TO BRING TOGETHER, UNDER ONE ROOF, ITS MANY PREVIOUSLY DISPERSED ACTIVITIES AT THE BASE OF AN ARTHUR ERICKSON DESIGNED CONDOMINIUM ON TORONTO’S WATERFRONT.

    LEAN, MUSCULAR AND DURABLE

    AS IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH ARTS BUILDINGS, FUNDING WAS EXTREMELY TIGHT, REQUIRING SPECIAL ATTENTION IN DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND FIT-UP. THE RESULTING INTERIOR HAS A LEAN, MUSCULAR PHYSICALITY, PARTLY AS A RESULT OF THE MODEST BUDGET. THE ROBUST CONCRETE OF THE EXISTING BUILDING IS CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT WITH SELECTIVE BUSH HAMMERING, AND PEPPY, PLAYFUL MATERIALS ARE USED SPARINGLY YET TO THEATRICAL EFFECT.

    LOBBY AS STAGE

    THE SMALL TWO-STOREY LOBBY SUGGESTS A PERFORMANCE STAGE. SLENDER LEGS TO THE RECEPTION DESK INVOKE THE SPIRIT OF DANCE.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE, CHRIS COUSE, TODD MACYK, MATTHEW WILSON, DMYTRIY PEREKLITA, BILL COLACO, KAREN PETRACHENKO, ANTHONY PROVENZANO

    LOCATION

    470 QUEEN’S QUAY WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    -

    CLIENT

    THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: HALSALL ASSOCIATES LTD. MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: RYBKA SMITH GINSLER LTD. CONTRACTOR: DALTON ENGINEERING

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    JEFF GOLDBERG

    COMPLETION

    1996
  • NICOLAS, MENSWEAR, INITIAL SHOP, UPTOWN TORONTO 1991

    STARTING OUT

    AN EARLY PROJECT FOR A HIP MENSWEAR CLIENT AND FRIEND, UNDERTAKEN IN COLLABORATION WITH KPMB PARTNER BRUCE KUWABARA, ADVANCING INVESTIGATIONS AND EXPERIMENTS IN FORMAL AND MATERIAL PLEASURES.

    NICOLAS MENSWEAR, INITIAL SHOP, TORONTO, 1991

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    QUICK START

    IN LAUNCHING AN ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE, IT IS ADVANTAGEOUS TO SECURE WORK THAT AFFORDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIMENT, EXPRESS IDEAS AND GET PROJECTS BUILT RELATIVELY QUICKLY. IN THIS CASE, A SERIES OF SEQUENTIAL RETAIL PROJECTS ENABLED PARTNERS BRUCE KUWABARA AND THOMAS PAYNE TO GET STARTED. THESE ‘STARTING OUT’ PROJECTS BECAME A VITAL TESTING GROUND FOR INITIAL CREATIVE IMPULSES AND WORK ALCHEMIES.

    CONTRA

    COMPENSATION FOR THE WORK WAS IN FEES AND CONTRA, WHICH ENABLED OUR CLIENT TO KEEP SOFT COSTS DOWN, WHILE ENABLING US TO HONE OUR SKILLS AS PROPRIETORS/ARTISTS/BUSINESSMEN - AND TO DRESS WELL.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: BRUCE KUWABARA, THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNERS-IN-CHARGE), TODD MACYK

    LOCATION

    153 CUMBERLAND STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    -

    CLIENT

    NICOLAS KALATZIS

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: MERBER CORPORATION; CONTRACTOR: MILLWORKS CUSTOM FABRICATION

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    STEVEN EVANS

    COMPLETION

    1991
  • HILTON DOWNTOWN TORONTO, LOBBY + ROOM TRANSFORMATION 2000

    ON STAGE

    AN 80S DOWNTOWN TORONTO HOTEL INTERIOR IS REIMAGINED AND REIMAGED AS A THEATRICAL STAGE FOR THE HILTON CHAIN.

    HILTON DOWNTOWN, LOBBY + ROOM TRANSFORMATION, TORONTO, 2000

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    A CHANGE IS REQUIRED

    THE 80S VINTAGE PRECAST CONCRETE LOBBY WITH UBIQUITOUS PLANTS IS REIMAGED TO TAKE THE HILTON CHAIN IN TORONTO INTO EXCITING NEW TERRITORY. THE NEW CONTEMPORARY LOOK ENABLES THE HILTON BRAND TO UPDATE AND IMPROVE MARKET SHARE.

    PROCESSIONAL STAGE

    THE PRE-EXISTING CONCRETE PORT COCHERE IS REFINISHED AT GRADE AND OVERHEAD, AND LIGHTENED VISUALLY, SETTING UP A PROCESSIONAL ROUTE INTO THE HOTEL FROM ITS FRONT DOOR. THE LOBBY AHEAD IS RE-IMAGINED AS A STAGE SET WITH LUMINOUS CANVAS COLUMN COVERS, ZIG ZAG ONYX STAIR, WOVEN WOOD WALL AND DIAPHANOUS SCENIC FLAT, ALL SUPPORTING THE PROCESSIONAL METAPHOR WHILE MAKING HOTEL PATRONS FEEL IMPORTANT.

    FITTING TERMINUS

    THE PROCESSION CONCLUDES WITH AN ELLIPTICAL MARTINI BAR, INTENDED TO BE AN INTIMATE DESTINATION ROOM REMINISCENT OF THE MOST MEMORABLE COCKTAIL LOUNGES OF THE WORLD, AND TO STAND APART FROM SIMILAR SPACES IN TORONTO THAT OFTEN LACK ARCHITECTURAL IDENTITY.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), DAVID JESSON, VICTORIA GREGORY (ASSOCIATES), GREG GUERRA, ROBERT KASTELIC, KELLY CHOW, PAULO ROCHA, BILL COLACO, ULRIKE LUBECK, MIYAKO PANALAKS, TOM STRICKLAND, ANNETTE LEE; INTERIOR DESIGNERS: KAREN PETRACHENKO, KELLY BUFFEY, JILL GREAVES, CAROLYN LEE

    LOCATION

    145 RICHMOND STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    292,582 S.F.

    CLIENT

    HILTON (CANADA) / LONDON & LEEDS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

    COST

    $17.0 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    YOLLES PARTNERSHIP LTD. (STRUCTURAL), MAUNDER BRITNELL INC. (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL), GEORGE SEXTON ASSOCIATES (LIGHTING), II BY IV DESIGN ASSOCIATES INC. (INTERIOR DESIGN - TUNDRA RESTAURANT)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2000
  • ROY THOMSON HALL TRANSFORMATION + MASTER PLAN 2002

    ’ACOUSTICA FANTASTICA’

    CECILIA BARTOLI’S WORDS FOR THE REVALUING AND RE-HONOURING OF TORONTO’S PRINCIPAL CONCERT HALL.

    ROY THOMSON HALL TRANSFORMATION + MASTER PLAN, TORONTO, ONTARIO 2002

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    ON TIME, ON BUDGET: NOT A PENNY MORE

    THE COMMISSION BEGAN WITH THE STIPULATION THAT ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION WOULD BE LIMITED TO 20 WEEKS (DARK TIME) WITH (PRE AND PRE PRE DARK) PERIODS DEDICATED TO OFFSITE FABRICATION BEGINNING WELL BEFORE. THE PROJECT WAS TO COST $20 MILLION AND NO MORE.

    REHONOUR/REVALUE

    THE PROJECT ETHOS WAS TO RESPECT AND REVALUE ARTHUR ERICKSON’S CONCRETE ARCHITECTURE, WHILE FEARLESSLY MAKING THE REQUIRED ACOUSTICAL CHANGES IN A MANNER THAT WOULD BE EASILY IMPLEMENTED AS A MULTI-STAGE PREFABRICATED PROCEDURE.

    CASE AND INSTRUMENT

    THE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT IS CONCEPTUALIZED AS THE ‘INSTRUMENT’ FOR THE NEW SOUND, AND THE EXISTING ELEGANT CONCRETE FRAME AS THE ‘CASE.’

    NEW INSTRUMENT FOR SOUND

    MAPLE, STEEL AND ONYX ARE COMBINED TO CREATE THE SURFACES OF THE NEW INSTRUMENT. THE ORCHESTRA SEATING IS RE-CALIBRATED BY ADDING AISLES, BOXES AND PARTERRES. ACOUSTICAL BULKHEADS AT THE PERIMETER RESHAPE THE UPPER ACOUSTICAL VOLUME OF THE ROOM, AND A NEW MOVABLE SOUND CANOPY WITH INTEGRATED PERFORMANCE LIGHTING AND ACOUSTICAL CLUSTER ENABLE THE ROOM ACOUSTICS TO BE TUNED. THE STAGE PLATFORM IS RE-ENGINEERED TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRISTOPHER COUSE (SENIOR ASSOCIATE), DAVID JESSON (ASSOCIATE), MARK JAFFAR, JOHN AGNIDIS, ATHOS ZAGHI, ROB KASTELIC, FRANZISKA CAPE, SIMON HAUS, SHADI RAHBARAN, BRIAN URBANIK, GRAHAM FERRIER, CHRIS LYLE, DENIS DIFILIPPO, KAREN PETRACHENKO (INTERIOR DESIGNER), CAROLYN LEE

    LOCATION

    60 SIMCOE STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    60,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    THE CORPORATION OF MASSEY HALL AND ROY THOMSON HALL

    COST

    $15.0 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    ARTEC CONSULTANTS INC. (ACOUSTICS AND NOISE CONTROL), CARRUTHERS AND WALLACE LIMITED  (STRUCTURAL), THE MITCHELL PARTNERSHIP INC. (MECHANICAL), MULVEY AND BANANI INTERNATIONAL INC. (ELECTRICAL)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2002
  • GOODMAN THEATRE, DEARBORN + RANDOLPH, CHICAGO 2000

    TO THE LOOP

    CHICAGO’S GOODMAN THEATRE MOVES TO A NEW, RE-ENERGIZING HOME IN THE LOOP NEXT TO CITY HALL AND DALEY PLAZA.

    GOODMAN THEATRE, DEARBORN AND RANDOLPH, CHICAGO, 2000

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    RE-ENERGIZING THE LOOP

    IN A BOLD MOVE DRIVEN BY CIVIC PRIDE AND ARTISTIC VISION, CHICAGO’S ACCLAIMED GOODMAN THEATRE BUILDS A NEW HOME WITH TWO NEW THEATRE ROOMS ON A KEY CITY HALL AREA SITE IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO.

    ATTENUATED SITE

    THE SITE, JUST OFF DALEY PLAZA, INVOLVES BUILDING OVER CHICAGO’S SUBWAY AND NEXT TO THE EL, AS WELL AS INCORPORATING THE FACADES OF TWO HISTORIC TERRA COTTA VAUDEVILLE THEATRES. THE SITE SPANS THE ENTIRE BLOCK, NECESSITATING A LONG, NARROW AND ATTENUATED LOBBY.

    ROTUNDA/BEACON

    A ROTUNDA/BEACON, CONCEIVED AS A GREAT OVAL ROOM OF CITY SCALE, ADDRESSES THE CORNER AND CITY HALL, BUT BECAUSE IT IS NOT FUNDED WITHIN THE TIGHT OVERALL BUDGET, IT IS OPTIONED OFF TO A FRIENDLY DEVELOPER WHO BUILDS A VARIATION ON THIS VISION.

    TWO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT THEATRES

    FOR THE REMAINING PROJECT, THE RESULTING THEATRE ROOMS OFFER THE COMPANY ARTISTIC AND FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY. THE MAIN STAGE IS A SINGLE BALCONY, 900 SEAT ‘BROADWAY TYPE’ ROOM WITH FLEXIBLE STAGE APRON/PIT. THE SMALLER EXPERIMENTAL COURTYARD ROOM IS TIMBER FRAME, HIGHLY ADJUSTABLE AND COMPLEMENTARY TO THE MAIN STAGE AS A HOME FOR EXPERIMENTAL WORKS.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), BRUCE KUWABARA, CHRIS COUSE (SENIOR ASSOCIATE), GORAN MILOSEVIC (ASSOCIATE), MARK JAFFAR (PROJECT ARCHITECT), DAVID POLOWAY, ANDRE D’ELIA, JASON PEARSON); IN JOINT VENTURE WITH DLK ARCHITECTURE INC., MCCLIER CORPORATION, ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS

    LOCATION

    170 NORTH DEARBORN STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

    SIZE

    171,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    THE GOODMAN THEATRE

    COST

    $35.5 MILLION (USD)

    CONSULTANTS

    THEATRE PROJECTS CONSULTANTS (THEATRE CONSULTANT), THE TALASKE GROUP (ACOUSTICS), TT-CBM ENGINEERS WITH SALSE ENGINEERING (STRUCTURAL), ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS DESIGN INC./GLOBETROTTERS (MECHANICAL/ ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING) ROLF JENSEN & ASSOCIATES (FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY), SCHULER AND SHOOK INC. (LIGHTING)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    JEFF GOLDBERG, PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2000
  • RAETHER LIBRARY, TRINITY COLLEGE, HARTFORD 2003

    TYPOLOGY

    RE-EXAMINING THE ALCOVE READING ROOM AS ONE OF A SERIES OF NEW SPACES FOR THE TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY.

    RAETHER LIBRARY, TRINITY COLLEGE, HARTFORD, 2003

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    NEW PATTERNS OF USE

    THE LIBRARY OF THE 21ST CENTURY IS THE SAME AS ITS PREDECESSORS IN SOME WAYS AND DIFFERENT IN OTHERS. THE NEW PROGRAMMES THAT CHARACTERIZE THE NEW LIBRARY INVOLVE COMPUTING SERVICES, MEDIA WORK AREAS, CAFES, 24-HOUR ACCESS AND AN ARRAY OF GROUP STUDY SPACES. NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABOVE, A GOOD LIBRARY NEEDS ALWAYS TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF COMFORTABLE PLACES TO SIT AND RELAX AND READ AND THINK — AND TO SLEEP OR BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A DATE.

    LIBRARY RENEWAL AS SYMBOL

    THE RAETHER LIBRARY AND ITS RENEWAL SYMBOLIZES TRINITY’S COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND SCHOLARSHIP IN AN ENVIRONMENT BEFITTING ITS GREAT HISTORIC CAMPUS. THE LIBRARY RENEWAL IS ALSO VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON BENCHMARKING TRINITY’S ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES AGAINST ITS CLOSEST LIBERAL ARTS RIVALS.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), GORAN MILOSEVIC, VICTORIA GREGORY (ASSOCIATES), MARGARET GRAHAM, MARK JAFFAR, ALEX LAM, BRENT WAGLER, MATTHEW WILSON, RAMON JANER, NELSON KWONG, KATYA MARSHALL, BILL COLACO, JILL GREAVES, VIRGINIA DOS REIS, SHABBAR SAGARWALA

    LOCATION

    TRINITY COLLEGE, HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

    SIZE

    118,000 S.F. RENOVATION OF TWO BUILDINGS: THE ORIGINAL 1952 BUILDING AND A 1977 ADDITION, 60,000 SQ.FT. OF NEW CONSTRUCTION

    CLIENT

    TRINITY COLLEGE

    COST

    $30.0 MILLION (USD)

    CONSULTANTS

    GILBANE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (PROJECT MANAGER), LE MESSURIER CONSULTANTS (STRUCTURAL), VANZELM HEYWOOD & SHADFORD INC. (MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL), WESTCOTT AND MAPES, INC. (CIVIL), PHILIP R. SHERMAN (FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY), SUZANNE POWADIUK DESIGNS (LIGHTING), SASAKI ASSOCIATES INC. (LANDSCAPE)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    AL FERREIRA, PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2003
  • GRANITE CLUB TRANSFORMATIONS TO FORMAL, CASUAL, OUTDOOR DINING 2000

    CLUB OVERHAUL

    RESPONDING TO EVOLVING SOCIETAL TRENDS AND MEMBER EXPECTATIONS, TORONTO’S GRANITE CLUB IS TRANSFORMED IN INCREMENTS, WHILE REMAINING OPEN AND OF HIGH SERVICE TO MEMBERS.

    GRANITE CLUB TRANSFORMATION TO FORMAL, CASUAL, OUTDOOR DINING, TORONTO, 2000

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    CHANGING TIMES

    IN RESPONSE TO EVOLVING TRENDS AND CHANGING MEMBERSHIP EXPECTATIONS, A LONG-TERM MASTER PLAN UPDATES THE VISION FOR TORONTO’S LARGEST AND BEST ESTABLISHED SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE FULL ARRAY OF DINING CHOICES FOR CLUB MEMBERS IS EXAMINED, LEADING TO A COMPREHENSIVE NEW CONCEPT FOR FOOD SERVICE AT THE CLUB.

    CIRCULATION CLARIFIED

    THE CENTRE OF THE GROUND-FLOOR IS RESTRUCTURED FROM NORTH TO SOUTH AS AN AXIAL ENFILADE OF ROOMS DISPLAYING, IN MUSEUM FORMAT, THE CLUB’S ART COLLECTION, AND ORGANIZING A COMPLEX PLAN INTO AN EASY-TO-NAVIGATE-AND-ENJOY EXPERIENCE.

    LOOSENING UP

    CASUAL DINING, THE FASTEST-GROWING PART OF FOOD SERVICE AT THE CLUB, ACHIEVES PROMINENCE WITH A SERIES OF NEW INTERIOR ROOMS AND SERVICE CONCEPTS ALONG WITH A COMPLETE RETHINK OF EXTERIOR DINING.

    MAINTAINING A COMPETITIVE EDGE

    ABOVE ALL ELSE, THESE MEMBER-DRIVEN CHANGES ENSURE THE CLUB’S ONGOING ABILITY TO SATISFY EXISTING MEMBERS AND ATTRACT NEW.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE) ANNE MARIE FLEMMING (PROJECT ARCHITECT), KAREN PETRACHENKO, JOHN AGNIDIS, LEXI KOLT

    LOCATION

    BAYVIEW AVENUE, TORONTO

    SIZE

    N/A

    CLIENT

    GRANITE CLUB

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    N/A

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    1996
  • FIELDS INSTITUTE, THINK TANK FOR MATHEMATICS, U OF T 1995

    INCUBATOR

    FOR IDEAS IN PURE MATH THEORY THAT, WHEN APPLIED, AFFECT OUR LIVES PROFOUNDLY.

    FIELDS INSTITUTE, THINK TANK FOR MATHEMATICS, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 1995

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    IDEALIZED PLAN

    MOVING FROM WATERLOO TO A NEW HOME ON THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO’S CENTRAL CAMPUS ENABLES THE FIELD’S INSTITUTE TO IDEALIZE ITS NEW PLAN AROUND A LIGHT-FILLED COURTYARD IN A TIGHT AND EFFICIENT NEW BUILDING. A CENTRAL COURTYARD ORGANIZES THE PLAN AROUND TWO ELEMENTS: A SENSUOUS WOOD-CLAD HELICAL STAIR, AND A TWO-SIDED FIREPLACE. BOTH ACT AS SOCIAL CATALYSTS, AND REMIND VISITING MATHEMATICIANS OF THE FIELD’S VISION THAT, WHILE AT THE INSTITUTE, THEY ARE TO WORK TOGETHER COLLABORATIVELY.

    MONASTIC

    SCIENTISTS AND SCHOLARS OF MULTIPLE LEVELS OF SENIORITY ARE ORGANIZED IN A RANDOMIZED MANNER, SURROUNDING THE COURTYARD IN SIMPLE PRIVATE WORK SPACES RECALLING THE MONASTIC. EACH OFFICE IS SPARTAN AND MINIMALLY APPOINTED, BUT WITH OPERABLE WINDOWS AND INDIVIDUALIZED ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL. ALL FRONT ONTO OPEN COMMON AREAS OVERLOOKING THE CENTRAL COURT TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL SHARING.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), LUIGI LAROCCA (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), LEXI KOLT-WAGNER (PROJECT ARCHITECT), MICHAEL TAYLOR, BILL COLACO, VICTORIA GREGORY, DAVID JESSON, JEFF WAGNERM, IAN IZUKAWA, MARGARET GRAHAM

    LOCATION

    222 COLLEGE ST, TORONTO

    SIZE

    40,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

    COST

    $5.5 MILLION

    CONSULTANTS

    YOLLES PARTNERSHIP LTD. (STRUCTURAL), MERBER CORPORATION (MECHANICAL), CROSSEY ENGINEERING LTD. (ELECTRICAL), MILUS BOLLENBERGHE TOPPS WATCHORN (LANDSCAPE)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    JEFF GOLDBERG

    COMPLETION

    1995
  • O’KEEFE / HUMMINGBIRD CENTRE, TORONTO 1998

    MODERN HERITAGE

    A SERIES OF LIGHT AND ILLUMINATED NEW FURNITURE/SERVICE POINTS REANIMATE A TIRED MODERN LOBBY.

    O’KEEFE /HUMMINGBIRD CENTRE, TORONTO, 1998

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    TRANSFORMATIVE VISION

    THE INITIAL BRIEF CALLS FOR AN EXAMINATION OF HOW TO TRANSFORM THE O’KEEFE CENTRE, AS IT WAS THEN KNOWN, INTO A VASTLY IMPROVED HOME FOR ITS TWO PRINCIPAL TENANTS: THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA AND THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY.

    EMERGING FROM THIS EXERCISE IS A VISION FOR A NEW ADJUSTABLE AUDITORIUM CONFIGURATION WITH A MOVEABLE SOUND-WALL, ENABLING THE PERFORMANCE ROOM TO FUNCTION AS AN INTIMATE CLASSICAL OPERA HOUSE WITH SEATING FOR 2100 AND GREAT NATURAL ACOUSTICS. OR, WHEN HIGHER SEAT COUNTS ARE REQUIRED FOR BUDGETARY REASONS, A SOUND-WALL AT THE CROSS AISLE ALONG THE EDGE OF THE UPPER BALCONY IS LIFTED, FREEING UP 900± ADDITIONAL SEATS.

    PETER DICKINSON’S MODERN ICON

    THE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROPOSAL IS THAT IT REVALUES AND REPURPOSES A MODERN HERITAGE BUILDING WHILE KEEPING ITS CORE FABRIC INTACT.

    BUILDING WITHIN A BUILDING

    THE PROPOSAL, IF REALIZED, ENABLES THE PROJECT TO BE BUILT FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST AND WITHIN A SHORTENED TIME FRAME WHEN COMPARED TO AN ENTIRELY NEW BUILDING. IT ALSO ENABLES THE VENUE TO ADJUST TICKET SALES (OPENING THE 900 SEATS OF THE BALCONY, ESPECIALLY FOR AMPLIFIED EVENTS) WHEN THE PERFORMANCE BUDGET AND SEAT COUNT REQUIRE.

    PHASE I: FRESHEN/LIGHTEN

    UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT, WHICH INVOLVES SOUND ENHANCEMENT AND RESEATING OF THE AUDITORIUM AND IMPROVING PATRON SERVICES, WAS REALIZED.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE) VICTORIA GREGORY, DAVID JESSON (ASSOCIATES-INCHARGE)

    LOCATION

    FRONT STREET, TORONTO

    SIZE

    N/A

    CLIENT

    -

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    -

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    MICHAEL AWAD, VOLKER SEDING

    COMPLETION

    1998

  • ROY THOMSON HALL, PATRON’S LOUNGE/GREEN ROOM 2004

    GREEN ROOM

    TRANSFORMING A FORMER UNDERUSED REHEARSAL HALL AT ROY THOMSON HALL AS A PATRON’S LOUNGE/GREEN ROOM.

    ROY THOMSON HALL, PATRON’S LOUNGE/GREEN ROOM, TORONTO, 2004

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    UNDERUSED REHEARSAL ROOM

    THE PROJECT CREATES A NEW SPACE FOR PATRON SERVICES AND EVENT SPONSORS OUT OF AN UNDERUTILIZED TWO STOREY EXISTING REHEARSAL ROOM. 

    VITAL FOOD SERVICE AND SUPPORT SPACE IS ADDED AT THE LOWER LEVEL, THAT OF THE STAGE. ABOVE, A NEW FLOOR IS CONSTRUCTED IN THE UPPER PORTION OF THE FORMER REHEARSAL HALL CREATING A NEW ROOM AT THE GROUND FLOOR LOBBY LEVEL, JUST OFF THE MAIN ENTRANCE.

    BLONDE AND DARK

    NEW OPENINGS CARVED INTO EXISTING CONCRETE WALLS CREATE MEANINGFUL NEW VIEWS TO BOTH THE LOBBY AND STREET OUTSIDE. AN INTERIOR PALETTE OF MAPLE AND EBONY PLAYS OFF NEUTRAL CONCRETE AND DRYWALL TO PRODUCE A CALM ELEGANCE. SPLASHES OF COLOUR ON CHAISES PROVIDE A FESTIVE ACCENT.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), DAVID JESSON (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), NICOLAS CHOY, KAREN PETRACHENKO

    LOCATION

    ROY THOMSON HALL, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    6,000 S.F.

    CLIENT

    THE CORPORATION OF MASSEY HALL AND ROY THOMSON HALL

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    CARRUTHERS & WALLACE LTD. (STRUCTURAL), THE MITCHELL PARTNERSHIP INC. (MECHANICAL), CARINCI BURT ROGERS ENGINEERING INC. (ELECTRICAL), LEBER RUBES INC. (FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY), SUZANNE POWADIUK (LIGHTING)

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    PETER SELLAR

    COMPLETION

    2004

  • ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, RENOVATION AND ADDITION TO FORT LASALLE 1993

    TRUTH, DUTY, VALOUR

    A DORM BUILDING REORGANIZED BY FLIGHTS AND SQUADRONS COMPLETES A LEAN AND SPARTAN BUT RESONANT COURTYARD ON THE CAMPUS OF THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE IN KINGSTON.

    ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, RENOVATION AND ADDITION TO FORT LASALLE, KINGSTON, 1993

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    CAMPUS / FORT

    IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT MILITARY CAMPUSES OF THE WORLD THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE IN KINGSTON IS UNIQUELY SITED, AND CHARGED WITH ITS OWN UNIQUE PERSONA. IT SITS ON A LAND PROMONTORY ADJACENT TO THE CITY’S FIRST FORT - FORT FREDERICK - ACROSS THE HARBOUR FROM DOWNTOWN KINGSTON.

    STRONG AND SPARTAN

    THE PROJECT INVOLVES RENOVATING AND ADDING TO FORT LASALLE, ONE OF THE COLLEGE’S OLDER STONE DORMS. THE LANGUAGE OF THE NEW BUILDING, WHICH COMPLETES A COURTYARD AGAINST THE EXISTING BUILDING, IS STRONG, DIRECT AND MUSCULAR WITH PUNCHED WINDOWS SET IN ROUGH, SPLIT-FACED LIMESTONE WALLS.

    SQUADRONS AND FLIGHTS

    THE RESIDENTIAL SUITES INSIDE, STAIRWELLS AND SOCIAL SPACES ARE ALL ORGANIZED AND CALIBRATED TO RESPOND TO THE SOCIAL AND STRATEGIC STRUCTURE OF SQUADRONS AND FLIGHTS - THE ORGANIZATIONAL MATRIX OF CADET LIFE AT RMC.

    MATERIALITY

    THE BUILDING IS CLAD WITH A MECHANICALLY SPLIT LIMESTONE FROM A LOCAL QUARRY. IN THIS WAY THE STONE CAN BE LAID UP IN UNIT MASONRY SIZES AT MODEST COST BY MASONS. THE RANDOM CLEFT VERTICAL EDGES SHIMMER IN THE LIGHT TO PRODUCE AN EXOTIC SURFACE EFFECT.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), EVAN WEBER (PROJECT ARCHITECT)

    LOCATION

    KINGSTON, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    N/A

    CLIENT

    DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    N/A

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    STEVEN EVANS

    COMPLETION

    1993

  • AGO SCULPTURE COURT AND HELICAL STAIR, DEMOLISHED 2007 1991

    LOST

    THE THIRD OF THREE LAYERS OF COURTYARDS - THE TANNENBAUM SCULPTURE ATRIUM - WAS LOST TO THE FRANK GEHRY DESIGNED EXPANSION TO THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO (AGO) IN TORONTO.

    AGO SCULPTURE COURT AND HELICAL STAIR, TORONTO, 1991 (DEMOLISHED 2007)

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    COMPETITION WINNING

    THE TANNENBAUM SCULPTURE ATRIUM WAS THE GRANDEST AND MOST GLAMOROUS NEW SPACE TO RESULT FROM THIS COMPETITION-WINNING SCHEME - STAGE III EXPANSION - AT TORONTO’S ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO.

    IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING A LONG, LIGHT-FILLED SPACE FOR SCULPTURE OVERLOOKING THE GRANGE HOUSE AND PARK, IT ALSO CREATED A HIGHLY USEFUL AND THEATRICAL SPACE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, SOIREES, CEREMONIAL GATHERINGS AND DINING AS A CULMINATION OF ONE’S VISIT TO THE AGO.

    LAUNCHING KPMB

    VICTORY IN THE COMPETITION BY BARTON MYERS ASSOCIATES, WHERE THE FOUNDERS OF KPMB ALL WORKED, ENABLED BARTON’S PLANNED TRANSITION TO L.A., WHILE KPMB TOOK OVER RESPONSIBILITY FOR STAFF, PREMISES, AND CONTRACTS IN TORONTO. THE PROJECT WAS THEN UNDERTAKEN AS A JOINT VENTURE, AND TURNED OUT TO BE CRITICAL IN LAUNCHING THE NEW PRACTICE, KPMB, IN 1987.

    ARCHAEOLOGICAL LAYERS

    THE PLAN CONSCIOUSLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE GALLERY’S INCREMENTAL GROWTH OVER TIME. IN FACT, THE LIMESTONE WALL STRETCHING THE LENGTH OF THE SCULPTURE COURT IS THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY WALL TO THE ORIGINAL AGO BUILDING. WITH SOFT LIGHT FLOODING IT IN THE EVENING, IT PROVIDES A MAGICAL GOLDEN GLOW, WITH LIGHT SEEMINGLY EMANATING FROM WITHIN.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    BARTON MYERS ASSOCIATES, KPMB ARCHITECTS, JOINT VENTURE ARCHITECTS

    LOCATION

    DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO

    SIZE

    N/A

    CLIENT

    ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    N/A

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    STEVEN EVANS, MARIS MEZULIS

    COMPLETION

    1991, 1993

  • ENI INVITED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, MILAN HEADQUARTERS 2011

    PRIMAVERA

    AN INVITED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR A NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR ITALIAN INDUSTRIAL GIANT ENI IN MILAN REFERENCES BOTTICELLI’S PAINTING OF VENUS IN AN ETERNAL GARDEN OF SPRING AND PEACE.

    ENI-INVITED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, MILAN HEADQUARTERS, MILAN, 2011

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    INVITED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

    TEN TEAMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WERE SELECTED TO CREATE A VISION FOR A MAJOR NEW CAMPUS PRECINCT FOR ENI, ITALY’S ENERGY GIANT, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MILAN. TEAM WAS CURATED BY FRENCH ARCHITECT AND FRIEND CHRISTIAN LEPRETTE, AND INVOLVED AN ITALIAN AE FIRM CONTEC AND CANADIAN COLLABORATORS SMITH CARTER ARCHITECTS.

    BOTTICELLI’S PRIMAVERA

    BOTTICELLI’S MYTHOLOGICAL PAINTING, PRIMAVERA, REPRESENTING THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING, IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE PARTI. IN THE PAINTING, AN EVOCATIVE GARDEN SCENE CENTRED AROUND VENUS, REPRESENTS THE HARMONIOUS UNITY OF MAN AND NATURE. THE THREE GRACES, PROMINENTLY POSITIONED TO ONE SIDE OF VENUS, DANCING A ROUNDELAY IN THE ARCHITECTURAL SCHEME AS THREE CENTRAL INTERCONNECTED BUILDINGS - DYNAMIC, SHAPED, SENSUOUS FORMS - JOINED TOGETHER WITH SKY BRIDGES FOR FLUID ACCESS AT THE TOP. IN THIS WAY, THE METAPHOR OF THE DANCE - THE GRACES WITH ARMS JOINED - IS EXPRESSED.

    GENDER, SEXUALITY NARRATIVE IN ARCHITECTURE

    THE COMPETITION PROPOSAL, WHILE EXTREMELY SERIOUS ABOUT FUNCTIONAL AND TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS, ALSO ADVANCES A THEORY THAT IN A HIGHLY ABSTRACT WAY, CONTEMPORARY BUILDINGS CAN SUGGEST GENDER AND CAN CARRY METAPHORICAL LANGUAGE, AS IN THE PAST.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), ADIAN LOWETH, ANDREW HILL, ANNA-JOY VEENSTRA, ANNA SILIKOWASKA, FRANCESCA PERUZZI, JOHN PETERSON, JOSEPH KAHN, KEVIN THOMAS, LUIGI LaROCCA, DARCY CHARLTON (SMITH CARTER ARCHITECTS)

    LOCATION

    MILAN, ITALY

    SIZE

    -

    CLIENT

    ENI

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    CONTEC, ENRIOCO MARIA FERRARI, CHRISTIAN LEPRETTE (GENERAL CO-ORDINATION); SMITH CARTER ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS (PROJECT MANAGEMENT); TRANSSOLAR ENERGIETECHNIK GMBH (CLIMATE ENGINEERING - GERMANY); SWS ENGINEERING SPA (ENGINEERING - ITALY); PLANEX SRL SOCIETA DI ENGINEERING (ENGINEERING - ITALY); PHILLIPS FAREVAAG SMALLENBERG (LANDSCAPE - CANADA)

    COMPETITION SCHEME

    2011
  • BUENOS AIRES, PALACIO DE CORREOS COMPETITION 2007

    BORGESIAN

    THE COMPETITION SCHEME FOR A NEW BICENTENARY CULTURAL CENTRE IN BUENOS AIRES IMAGINES A PROCESSIONAL OPERATIC GARDEN AS A FORECOURT TO THE TRANSFORMED CORREOS BUILDING.

    PALACIO DE CORREOS COMPETITION, BUENOS AIRES, 2007

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    FORUM CULTURAL

    THE PROJECT IS AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ENTRY FOR A NEW BICENTENARY CENTRE NEXT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE AND THE HARBOUR IN DOWNTOWN BUENOS AIRES.

    THE PROJECT TEAM WAS ORGANIZED BY ARCHITECT AND FRIEND CARLOS VENTIN, ORIGINALLY FROM ARGENTINA. THE SUBMISSION SCHEME IS TITLED ‘QUARTIER CULTURAL/ FORUM CULTURAL’ AND PROPOSES A RADICAL RE-LANDSCAPING OF SURROUNDING BLOCKS TO RE-CONTEXTUALIZE THE CORREOS BUILDING.

    OPEN HEART SURGERY

    AS WELL, THE SCHEME PROPOSES A SURGICAL APPROACH TO ACCOMMODATE THE REQUIRED PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME SPACES BY CARVING OUT THE INSIDE OF THE EXISTING STRUCTURE, AND INSERTING SHAPED ASSEMBLY SPACES THEREIN.

    THE PLAYFUL METAPHOR OF NICK PAYNE’S ARTWORK ‘ALIEN AUTOPSY’ SUGGESTS THIS SURGICAL APPROACH TO THE BUILDING TRANSFORMATION.

    BORGESIAN GARDENS

    THE SURROUNDING GARDENS, PLATFORMS, CANALS, BRIDGES, ETC., ALL CONTRIBUTE TO REFRAMING A GREAT CLASSICAL HERITAGE STRUCTURE IN ITS CITY, WHILE DELIVERING MYRIAD LABYRINTHINE EXPERIENCES FOR VISITORS TO THE CULTURAL FORUM.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), MARK JAFFAR (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), GLENN MACMULLIN, ROBERT FABER, CARLA MUNOZ, KEVIN THOMAS, ROLAND ULFIG, AMANDA SEBRIS, ALEXIA SCHLIEVENER, GALINA OUSSATCHEVA, ANDREA MACAROUN; VENTIN GROUP; NORM LI, BRIAN QUAN (RENDERINGS)

    LOCATION

    BUENOS AIRES

    SIZE

    N/A

    CLIENT

    N/A

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    ARTEC ACOUSTIC/THEATRE CONSULTANTS

    COMPETITION SCHEME

    2007

  • BUILD TORONTO, PROPOSAL FOR AN OFFICE BUILDING, OVER YORK MILLS SUBWAY STATION 2011

    IN TRANSIT

    INITIALLY CONCEIVED FOR ‘BUILD TORONTO’ AS A NEW HOME FOR THE TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION (TTC). TWO WINGLIKE OFFICE TRAYS LEVITATE AND GATHER AROUND A LUMINOUS LOBBY/CORE THAT ACTS AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL HINGE AND SOLAR CHIMNEY FOR THE BUILDING.

    BUILD TORONTO, PROPOSAL FOR AN OFFICE BUILDING, OVER YORK MILLS SUBWAY STATION, TORONTO, 2011

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    INTERSECTION: CITY AND NATURE

    THE COMMISSION BEGAN WITH AN ASSIGNMENT BY THE CITY OF TORONTO’S REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT AGENCY, ‘BUILD TORONTO,’ TO CREATE A VISION FOR A BETTER, MORE INTENSIVE USE OF A KEY CITY-OWNED PROPERTY.

    THE SITE IS CURRENTLY A SURFACE PARKING LOT, AT THE CORNER OF YONGE AND YORK MILLS IN NORTH TORONTO, LOCATED DIRECTLY ABOVE THE SUBWAY.

    LOW, SLEEK, DOUBLE WING

    SKETCH DESIGNS FOR THE SITE SUGGEST A LOW, SLEEK, LEVITATING DOUBLE WING ATRIUM BUILDING WITH A LUMINOUS SOLAR CHIMNEY AT ITS HEAD, THAT ACHIEVES APPROPRIATE DENSITY WITHOUT BREAKING A PSYCHOLOGICAL HEIGHT ENVELOPE FOR THE SITE.

    TRANSIT EXEMPLAR

    EARLY DESIGN DRAWINGS IMAGINE THE CITY-OWNED TTC AS THE PRINCIPAL TENANT, WITH A TRANSIT MUSEUM ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SUBWAY AT THE BASE OF THE BUILDING.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS (THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), LUIGI LAROCCA (PRINCIPAL-IN-CHARGE), JOHN PETERSON, KEVIN THOMAS (ASSOCIATES), CAMILLE MITCHELL), ADAMSON ASSOCIATES

    LOCATION

    YONGE + YORK MILLS, TORONTO

    SIZE

    -

    CLIENT

    BUILD TORONTO

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    -

    COMPLETION

    -

  • BCIMC/GWL, BREMNER OFFICE TOWER, TORONTO 2014

    GENDER PLAY

    A SECOND TOWER ON TORONTO’S NEW SOUTH CORE CAMPUS IS CONCEIVED AS A METAPHORICAL FRATERNAL TWIN, THEN TETHERED LOVER, AND FINALLY BROTHER, TO FIRST PHASE 18 YORK BUILDING.

    BCIMC/GWL, BREMNER OFFICE TOWER, TORONTO 2014

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    LEASE AS CATALYST

    AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL LEASING AND CONSTRUCTION START FOR A NEW COMMERCIAL OFFICE TOWER AT 18 YORK IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO, THE DEVELOPER AND OWNER PROCEEDED WITH A MASTER PLAN FOR THEIR REMAINING ADJACENT LANDS JUST SOUTH OF UNION STATION AT TORONTO’S SOUTH CORE. OUT OF THIS EXERCISE CAME THE COMMISSION FOR A SECOND OFFICE TOWER LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE INITIAL TOWER AT 18 YORK.

    METAPHOR

    BECAUSE OF THE TIGHT SITE AND THE TOWER’S PHYSICAL CLOSENESS AND SHARED PODIUM CONDITION, THE METAPHOR OF A RELATED COUPLE IS EXPLORED. INITIALLY WE PLAYED WITH ALMOST IDENTICAL TOWERS (THE FRATERNAL TWIN SCHEME) AND AS THE DEVELOPMENT BRIEF EVOLVED AND THE TOWERS BECAME UNEQUAL IN HEIGHT AND FLOOR PLATE, WE SUBSTITUTED THE METAPHOR OF BUILDINGS AS LOVERS, THEN SIBLINGS, AS A WAY OF RELATING THE TWO TOWERS ON THEIR CAMPUS. AND ALSO AS A WAY OF PRODUCING AN IDENTITY AND A CREATIVE AND MARKET EDGE FOR THE PROJECT. FROM A LEASING AND PUBLIC RESPONSE POINT OF VIEW, THE DEVELOPMENT IS A BIG SUCCESS. THE OFFICE TOWERS ARE LEED GOLD.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), CHRIS COUSE (PRINCIPAL-IN-CHARGE), GLEN MACMULLIN (ASSOCIATE-IN-CHARGE), VICTOR GARZON, TAKUMA HANDA, JENNIFER DAVIS, ERIC JENSEN, JOSE EMILIA.

    LOCATION

    BREMNER AVENUE, TORONTO

    SIZE

    800,000 S.F. ±

    CLIENT

    GWL REALTY

    COST

    N/A

    CONSULTANTS

    URBAN STRATEGIES INC. (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT), HALCROW YOLLES (STRUCTURAL), THE MITCHELL PARTNERSHIP INC. (MECHANICAL), MULVEY & BANANI INTERNATIONAL INC (ELECTRICAL), SOBERMAN ENGINEERING (ELEVATOR), CORBAN AND GOODE (LANDSCAPE), LEBER/RUBES INC. (CODE), EXTREME MEASURES INC (AREA MEASUREMENTS), LEA CONSULTING LTD. (TRAFFIC & PARKING), MARSHALL MACKLIN MONAGHAN (SURVEYOR), E.R.A (HERITAGE), HALSALL (SUSTAINABILITY), RWDI (WIND), AERCOUSTICS (ACOUSTICS), TERRAPROBE LTD (GEOTECHNICAL), STANDARD PARKING OF CANADA (PARKING CONTROLS), CINI-LITTLE (WASTE HANDLING), BHANDARI PLATER / ENTRO (SIGNAGE), HYDROSENSE (IRRIGATION DESIGN), TURNER & TOWNSEND CM2R (COST), BROOK VAN DALEN (FACADE CONSULTANT)

    COMPLETION

    2014
  • CUMMING HOUSE AT 11 THORNWOOD AVENUE, TORONTO 2011

    MATH HOUSE

    A HOUSE FOR A MATHEMATICIAN AND FAMILY ON A KEY TORONTO RAVINE SITE CELEBRATES THE IRRATIONAL BUT BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN MEAN.

    CUMMING HOUSE AT 11 THORNWOOD AVENUE, TORONTO 2011

    IDEA / EMOTION / SPIRIT

    UNIQUE SITE

    THE MATH HOUSE FOR A FAMILY WITH A KEEN INTEREST IN MATH, AND IN PARTICULAR, THE BEAUTY OF THE GOLDEN MEAN. A UNIQUE SOUTH ROSEDALE RAVINE SITE AT A CURVE IN THE ROAD SUGGESTS A HINGED PLAN THAT RESPONDS TO THE SPLAYED GEOMETRY OF THE SITE.

    GEOMETRY

    PLAN AND ELEVATION BOTH EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF TRUTH THROUGH GEOMETRY. FROM THE STREET SIDE, TWO LARGE FRAME-LIKE FORMS COME TOGETHER AT A CENTRAL SEAM WHICH IS THE POINT OF ENTRY FROM THE STREET, AND LEADS TO A REINTERPRETATION OF THE CENTRE HALL BEHIND.

    TWO WINGS

    ON THE RIGHT IS A LIVING/DINING/KITCHEN WING, WITH STUDY AND GUEST ROOMS ABOVE. TO THE LEFT IS A GARAGE/STUDIO/LOWER POOL WING WITH FAMILY BEDROOMS ABOVE.

    CREDITS

    ARCHITECTS

    KPMB ARCHITECTS: THOMAS PAYNE (PARTNER-IN-CHARGE), KEVIN THOMAS, ANDREW HILL, ERIK JENSEN

    LOCATION

    SOUTH ROSEDALE, TORONTO, ONTARIO

    SIZE

    -

    CLIENT

    CUMMING

    COST

    -

    CONSULTANTS

    -

    COMPLETION

    -
  • WORKING ON

    WORKING ON

    PROJECTS IN A VARIETY OF SCALES + LOCATIONS

     

    W LIFESTYLE

    AN ARTIST LIVE/ WORK SPACE FOR DOWNTOWN TORONTO

    WOOD LOFT

    A MIXED USE TIMBER LOFT FOR A PROTOTYPICAL TORONTO SITE

    ART CENTRE/ RECITAL

    A RECITAL HALL WITH PRACTICE/WORK ROOMS FOR A MAJOR UNIVERSITY

    ALPHABET HOUSES

    SMART PREFAB HOUSES FOR A RE-IMAGINED UTOPIA

    THE MIMICO

    TOWNHOMES FRAME A NEW COURTYARD AT A MIMICO TRANSIT HUB

    THE NIC

    A NEW MARITIME COMMUNITY IN GEORGIAN BAY

    THE LITTLE

    RE-IMAGINING A COMMUNITY THEATRE IN OSHAWA

    LANE HOUSES

    PROTOTYPICAL SMALL-FOOTPRINT LANE HOUSES

    TOWERS

    NEW TOWER TYPOLOGIES FOR A CHANGING WORLD

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    WORLD MAP

    LOCAL + INTERNATIONAL

    ALTHOUGH FOCUSED ON WORK IN NORTH AMERICA WE ARE OPEN TO INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES ANYWHERE.