When evidence of failing infrastructure emerged at the Centre of Forensic Sciences and the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Province of Ontario responded. The result: a new Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex in Toronto. Part of an overall master plan for a new precinct in north Toronto, the site fronts on Wilson Ave and extends south to Downsview Drive.
Expressed as three distinct masses - Podium, Laboratory Block and Office Block - the articulated complex relates in mass and character to its neighbourhood. The podium utilizes transparency to achieve community connection. The Court entry leads to a waiting space visually connected to the street. The wood soffit of the north-south canopy leads to the main Forensics entry on the west side. Above the podium, a light filled atrium separates the lab and office blocks. This ‘Forensics Common’ space provides collaborative space in this highly secure program.
Sustainable design strategies support staff well-being but also results in a durable, cost and operationally efficient building.