Community building recently received a boost in Toronto’s bustling downtown core with the completion of the new $65 million Canoe Landing Campus, a social nexus that combines a community recreation center, public and Catholic elementary schools and a childcare center under a massive shared green roof. Designed by local firm ZAS Architects , the new campus provides a much-needed social infrastructure to CityPlace, one of the city’s most populated residential developments with over 20,000 residents. In addition to its expansive green roof and surrounding landscaping, the project includes solar panels that renewably generate 10% of the building’s energy needs. Completed last year, the roughly 158,000-square-foot Canoe Landing Campus was designed to maximize open space and seamlessly merge with the existing Canoe Landing Park. Shared community spaces and programming for all ages include sports facilities, a community kitchen, gardening plots and more. A pedestrian corridor separates the two-story community center from the three-story schools on the ground level, while an elevated east-west bridge connects the buildings above. The schools — which share common areas that include imaginative indoor play spaces with a climbing wall and roller coaster track — are organized with the younger students on the lower level and […]


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