A pressing concern for the design of the cafeteria was the lack of coherent circulation and way-finding through the space, resulting in congested circulation. In response, Kearns Mancini developed a phased vision for the revitalization of the cafeteria that would simplify circulation, beginning with the immediate interior renovation and reorganization of the existing space. Phase 2 of the renovation, currently underway, will take full advantage of the southern exposure and natural landscape beyond, as well as providing for additional informal seating for students, while increasing the functionality of the space.
939 Progress Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
7,613 sq. ft.
Jonathan Kearns, Tan Duong, Alice Gibson
Phase 1 of the renovation, which was completed in September 2013, has introduced colourful banquettes and bar seating, to increase the capacity of the space and to encourage informal student interaction. The furniture was carefully chosen and laid out to have the dual purposes of seating and space-making, creating varied dining options and defining the new circulation routes. The colour scheme and material palette of the furnishings serve as punctuation against the austere concrete of the original building.
Both phases of the project were managed to be constructed when student impacts are its lowest, during the summer months. Additionally, Kearns Mancini sought to keep the University abreast of each landmark on the project, from Design Development through to Post-Occupancy, by meeting at regular intervals. During these meetings, feedback from the client was used to steer the project toward the client’s expectations.
Main seating area
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