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“Creating dynamic informal learning and gathering spaces ”
The York School South Campus, located at 1320 Young Street in Toronto, houses both the Middle and Senior Schools and aspires to offer the same quality of space that is found in the newly renovated Junior School. The original structure, an office building erected in the 1950s, suffers from many inefficiencies in its plan compounded by several minor renovations and the addition of a gymnasium. The building is also wanting in public spaces that inspire community and foster collaboration.
The proposed alterations and addition provide for a newly renovated main entrance and lobby, a large learning commons with fireplace, a feature staircase with a spacious landing for informal performances and presentations, a café and lounge for student dining, a fitness centre, music and band studio, computer and science labs, administrative offices and meeting rooms, a wellness centre for resource workers, as well as multiple technology-enabled classrooms.
In the sum of its parts, the reconfigured plan maximizes space efficiency, increasing informal learning and gathering spaces without losing formal teaching spaces.
Completion Date: 2017
Project Type: Education
Building Size: 56,000 sq. ft.
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