• Toronto, Canada


  • Company

  • Client

    York University
  • Location

    Toronto, Canada
  • Year

    2013 - in progress
  • Mandate


The architecture of the new student centre at York University is generated through the intersection of five drivers that underlie the conceptual exploration of the design: HIVE/ representing the multiplicity of the individual and collective experiences of students; FULCRUM/ responsive to the centrality of the site; ICON/ amplifying the potential for this building to express student identity at York; LENS/ articulating the dynamic connectivity between the building’s community and its broader context of campus, city, and world; and FLUX/ which challenges the architecture to be infinitely responsive to change.

Investigated separately, each of the drivers provokes a diagrammatic exploration that examines how architecture can merge student experience with the many social, cultural and physical realms within which the building must operate. When composed together, these diagrams create a framework that goes beyond programmatic requirements and academic constructs and sets out an armature that is embedded in place, and frames student experience.

  • Services

  • Architecture

  • Artistic Direction

  • Branding & Graphic Design

  • Interior Design

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Master Planning

  • Sustainability

  • Urban Design

  • Urban Planning

  • Types

  • Healthcare

  • Hospitality

  • Learning and Cultural

  • Leisure and Entertainment

  • Mixed Use

  • Parks and Public Spaces

  • Public Services

  • Residential

  • Transportation

  • Workplace