In 2011, George Brown College retained Kearns Mancini to transform the 3rd, 5th and 6th floors of the former Toronto Sun Building into the Centre of Arts & Design and the School of English as a Second Language for International Immigration.
The location of the former Toronto Sun building, on the prominent King Street East in Toronto, was an engaging departure point for the project given its prominence in the already vibrant downtown George Brown campus. As such, the project aimed to create new spaces for the College that would naturally link to the existing campus. The design converts and combines a portion of the existing 6 storey structure into classrooms and various educational amenities for George Brown College. Throughout the project, transparency was used as a spatial method to engage students. The functionality of spaces is increased by screens that are lowered in place during project presentations and lectures.