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.
341 King St. East Toronto Sun Building, Toronto
Peter Ng, Tan Duong, Erika Zaphiratos
By leading a Program Validation and Feasibility phase, Kearns Mancini helped the College refine the space requirements for the interior renovation, allowing the design to accommodate an increased student population of approximately 1,500. These spaces include rooms for Idea Incubators, which function as condensers between businesses and the student body.
View of reception
The Microsatellite Science & Technology Centre (MSTC) for the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) is a networking hub for Canadian researchers developing nanotechnology and microsatellites for use in space.
The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts & the Chefs’ House Restaurant demonstrate Kearns Mancini Architects’ ability to deliver buildings that delight with natural light, colour, and transparency, representing a brand-statement for our clients.
Under tight budget considerations and a significant need to revitalize their aging campus cafeteria, Centennial College retained Kearns Mancini to develop a material palette, furniture selection, flooring and lighting strategy that would maximize the client’s budget and bring the space into the 21st century.
One of they key challenges of this project was to provide the impression of a brand new facility within an existing building without removing any of the existing elements. The result is an exquisite space adorned in rich colours and textures with a custom designed light fixture as its primary focal point.