The OCAD U Student Centric Facility is positioned at the north end of the OCAD University campus and at a key location along the McCaul Street corridor and therefore has great potential for the redefinition as a gateway into the campus.
The existing building is lost and overshadowed by the cluttered and confused streetscape along Dundas Street, the signage and overhead wires as well as by the strong presence of the Frank Gehry designed AGO’s long swooping glass curve.
Positioned at the edges of McCaul and Dundas Streets, its adjacent buildings are set back giving the buildings' corners an urban presence and thus creating significant points to the campus as they are exposed to the most prominent views at primary approaches.
The proposal attempts to address the urban context by reclaiming the street edge, create a connection to the community, and present the building as a cornerstone to the OCAD corridor.
As such, a voluminous scrim is designed to wrap the building, functioning simultaneously as a shading device as well as a vivid marker defining the gateway to the University. The architectural element orients one towards the building by gently peeling its corners away from the base structure, revealing the colourful work of the student body within it.
The architecture is further layered by inscribing the scrim with a type of psycho-geographical, spatial mapping of art and design within the City. The outcome reveals an augmented reading of the city with the University at its center.
press + awards
Bortolotto Unveils Design for Rosalie Sharp Pavilion in Toronto
Archdaily, June 21, 2015
OCAD U creating gateway to downtown Toronto Campus
Daily Commercial News, June 10, 2015
Metal, Mesh, and Mosaics: Transforming Walls and Envelopes Digitally
Diandra Cohen, Architizer, June 5, 2015
Bortolotto designs interactive gateway to the
Ontario College of Art and Design University
Canadian Architect, June 2, 2015
'Visual Gateway' into the Future
MetroNews, page 12, June 2, 2015
Gorgeous new pavilion coming to OCAD University
Derek Flack, BlogTO, June 1, 2015
Rosalie Sharp Pavilion to Act as Gateway to OCAD University
Marcus Mitanis, Urban Toronto, May 29, 2015
Here's what OCAD U wants to do to its offices at Dundas and McCaul
Steve Kupferman, Toronto Life, May 28, 2015
Bortolotto Architect selected to renovate OCAD U
Canadian Architect, July 21, 2014