Creating a secure space for collaboration and learning
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.
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