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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Phase 1B

Transitioning back

  • 570K

    Square Feet

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  • Toronto, Ontario

    Toronto, Ontario

Transforming mental healthcare to support those who need it most

The traditional model of mental health and addiction rehabilitation treatment that kept patients shuttered away from the community is an outdated model that created a negative stigma around patients and wasn’t all that successful at rehabilitation.

Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), standing on grounds that have been occupied by mental health facilities for more than 160 years, no longer operates as a silo gated off from its surroundings. As architecture critic Christopher Hume says, the new CAMH campus brings a sense of normalcy to treatment by creating an area that “could be in almost any other part of the city.”

The 27 acre grounds have opened up to the city to become part of the residential environment. The goal was not to look like a hospital, but to weave itself into the fabric of the community by offering services like a street side cafe that doubles as a client training centre, a public gymnasium, and a gallery to showcase the art therapy program. Operating under the recovery model of care, CAMH has blurred the lines between public and treatment space so clients can transition back into the community and thrive. 

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PDC/Design Exemplar
C3 Architects
Architect of Record
Meet Our Team

Maria Ionescu, Associate, Senior Medical Planner

Healthcare spaces need a balance between technology and empathy by fostering un-mediated human contact and a connection to nature.
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John Maccarrone, Principal, Buildings Engineering

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also— knowing that my efforts, energy, and contributions have resulted in improved health for thousands is a treasure that I hold dear.
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Michael Moxam, Vice President, Architecture

Every intervention impacts the public realm and contributes to community building. This is both our opportunity and our responsibility.
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Stephen Phillips, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

As an architect, I have to consider that people inhabit the spaces I design. Every element should enhance and support the human experience.
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  • Maria Ionescu

    Associate, Senior Medical Planner

  • John Maccarrone

    Principal, Buildings Engineering

  • Michael Moxam

    Vice President, Architecture

  • Stephen Phillips

    Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

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