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A 12-storey waterfront wood building will soon be part of Toronto's skyline

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Apr 03, 2018 1:48 pm 222

George Brown College has chosen the designers of its new wood building.

On Tuesday, the College announced that Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects have been selected to design The Arbour.

Last year, George Brown College purchased waterfront land from the City of Toronto. Their intention was to construct the Ontario’s first Tall Wood institutional building.

The 12-storey, carbon-neutral facility will be home to a Tall Wood Building Research Institute.

And the College is one step closer to the construction of the low-carbon institutional building.

Moriyama & Teshima Architects + Acton Ostry Architects

“Poised to transform the Toronto skyline, the team’s eye-catching design for the planned facility features breathing rooms — using solar chimney systems to capture and harness light and air for sustainable natural ventilation,” states the College.

“The building design also offers flexibility of learning spaces, enabling walls to expand and contract as needed, as well as a ‘Made in Canada’ approach using nationally sourced mass wood components.”

George Brown expects construction of the new $130-million building to start in 2021 at the southeast corner of Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street.

According to the school, The Arbour will serve as an educational and research hub, and will also be home to a new child care facility to serve the growing East Bayfront community.

Moriyama & Teshima Architects + Acton Ostry Architects

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Yasmin Aboelsaud
Toronto City Editor, fueled by coffee, travel & Drake.

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