Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre & Schools Complex
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Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre & Schools Complex

Toronto, ON

The Canoe Landing project is a highly-anticipated, downtown Toronto complex, formed by the unique partnership of four distinct organizations within a single, innovative 160,000 square foot structure, containing a community centre; Public and Catholic elementary schools; and a childcare centre. Planned for over two decades, and recently designed by Toronto’s ZAS Architects, the building fronts onto Canoe Landing Park encircled by the CityPlace high rise community around it, and is designed to meld with the park setting of the surrounding landscape via an active green roof—complete with a basketball court, jogging track and urban allotment gardens — articulated by its sloping form that moulds aesthetics and functionality into a single, elegant entity, treated more...

Billy Bishop Airport Terminal Expansion & Pedestrian Tunnel
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Billy Bishop Airport Terminal Expansion & Pedestrian Tunnel

Toronto, ON

The new state-of-the-art 260m/853ft pedestrian tunnel connects Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport located on Toronto lsands with Toronto’s mainland, eliminating the need for passengers to take a 90 second ferry ride to reach the main terminal on the island. The concept of the new tunnel and terminal expansion is to distinguish the unique Billy Bishop Airport experience from that of larger and more chaotic airports and provide passengers a quicker option for accessing the island. ZAS’s design aesthetic for the project is crisp, clean, and minimalist, seamlessly integrating the new tunnel infrastructure with the existing airport and mainland settings. The tunnel design allows for intuitive, safe, and swift passenger flows, minimizing walking distances and maximizing...

Vaughan Civic Centre Public Resource Library
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Vaughan Civic Centre Public Resource Library

Vaughan, ON

On the northern outskirts of Toronto, Vaughan Civic Centre is a new administrative campus of municipal buildings within one of Canada’s fasting growing cities.  With the recent completion of the Civic Centre, the next phase of development slated to take place is the construction of a new centralized Resource Library.  This new library will be a stand-alone building with strong urban design ties to the Civic Centre, yet at the same time asserting it’s own distinct architecture and identity.  The planning of the library is both outward and inward looking and is based on a courtyard typology to create a green oasis at its centre.  A multi-storey marketplace comprised of book retail, café, community info panels and the library’s main service desk will greet...

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University
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Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University

Toronto, Canada

The concept design for the Bergeron Centre is fully rooted in the academic mission of the school and translated into a design that is bold, original and iconic.  With a University mandate to create a world-class facility, the building was conceptualized as one that is rooted like a “Rock” in the landscape of the campus and yet limitless like a “Cloud”.  Those metaphors were instrumental in the development of the building’s architecture and have subsequently been adopted by the school’s faculty and students when describing it.  Particularly notable is the unique façade of the Cloud panels on the upper levels of the building where a scale-less aesthetic of tessellated glass and aluminum panels are unlike any other on campus.  It’s shimmering pattern of...

Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences
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Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences

Dubai, UAE

Entwining advanced design, digital technology and the natural world, The Rosemont Hotel and Residences Dubai is a first-in-kind, ultra-luxury urban resort destination. Reflecting a modern city where innovative development shapes the destination, the anticipated debut project for new global hospitality brand Rosemont will be operated by Curio Collection, by Hilton. Set against the dynamic backdrop of an ever-evolving skyline, Rosemont’s architecture captures a contemporary Dubai. Animated and dynamic, the bold façades reflect the city’s vibrant pulse. Inspired by reflection, light and texture, Rosemont’s evocative design transports guests into nature’s most exotic destinations - from a lush tropical rainforest to an alluring digital underwater world or cosmic...

River City Residences, Phase 2
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River City Residences, Phase 2

Toronto, ON

Unlike the dark exteriors of Phase 1 and 3, the sleek white design of Phase 2 stands out as a luminescent jewel against the industrial feel of the buildings surrounding it. Three glass mini-towers are connected on each floor with fully glazed passageways; units are constructed to look likes boxes jutting in and out and pivoting left and right. The use of translucent and white materials gives the structure an undeniable appeal that’s airy, modern and completely sophisticated. (in collaboration with Saucier + Perrotte Architectes)

CFB Borden All Ranks Kitchen and Dining Facility
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CFB Borden All Ranks Kitchen and Dining Facility

Borden, Canada

The overall goal of the Department of National Defence (DND) was to consolidate facilities in order to create a training environment that would allow students to walk no more than 500m to all facilities. As a result, the four current aging 1950’s dining facilities would be demolished, as part of a separate contract, and replaced with two new identical facilities strategically located on the campus. The design strategy for this new prototype kitchen and dining facility focused on providing a pleasant, efficient and enduring building with plenty of natural light and optimized interior traffic flows. The exterior forms were kept deliberately orthogonal, streamline and understated in order to produce an elegant, timeless building which fits in with the existing built...

Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library
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Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library

Brampton, Canada

Located on a 143-acre rural site, the new Gore Meadows Community & Sports Centre is a unique multi-programmed facility containing over 300,000 s.f. for the residents of a rapidly growing multi-cultural district in Brampton.  Inspired by the agricultural and natural landscape, both the site and building design reflects a modern attitude to design, yet is mindful of its past heritage.  Reminiscent of the adjacent farmers’ fields, the site design is an abstract expression of linearly planted bands of selected vegetation that include perennial flower beds, framed by grids of bushes and treed orchards.  This landscape is also the foreground for the building’s main exterior feature, a multi-directional curved glass wall simulating the undulations of...

Adidas Headquarters
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Adidas Headquarters

Vaughan, Canada

ZAS was retained by adidas Canada Inc. in coordination with Jones Lang Lasalle to provide full interior design services for their new home offices and show rooms located in Vaughan. The design reflects adidas' global business in the sporting goods industry, facilitating continually changing workplace requirements with their dynamic and collaborative work style. The project is located within a four-storey office building with numerous showrooms for individual brands that fall under the umbrella brand of adidas such as Taylor Made, Rockport, and Reebok. The program includes open office spaces, lounge, café, internal stairs and feature walls that interconnect and energize the daily activities of the work area.

DAMAC Maison Tower
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DAMAC Maison Tower

Dubai, UAE

The Burjside Boulevard tower is located in the Downtown District of Dubai offering guests and residents alike, breathtaking views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.  Burjside is Damac Properties' first serviced apartment project for short or long term guests seeking a home away from home, and will be managed as per five-star international standards.  The 49 storey building bridges the divide between high-end residential apartments and luxury five-star hotels and includes an entire floor dedicated to leisure amenities. The temperature controlled swimming pool will be the centre piece of the leisure floor, with a fine cuisine restaurant and lounge overlooking the pool.  Accommodation design includes a choice of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all with...

Digital Media Lab, University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus
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Digital Media Lab, University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus

Stratford, Canada

The Digital Media Lab building represents a significant first step in the phased development of the New Stratford Campus for the University of Waterloo.  While the programming focus will be digital media, the campus will capitalize on emerging technologies as it grows to become one of the most exciting, dynamic educational environments in North America.  The Digital Media building will house faculty, staff and students in the Master of Digital Innovation (MDI) program and the Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) program along with a Centre of Excellence in digital media commercialization and research.  The 45,000 square foot, three-storey facility is located on a brown field site and is inspired by the industrial and railway heritage the adjacent industrial...

Gyptech New Head Office
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Gyptech New Head Office

Burlington, ON

Gypsum Technologies Inc required a new Head Office that would reflect the character of Muskoka.  Our approach to this design challenge was to provide a building that is contextually sensitive to the unique features of the site and its proximity to the escarpment and provides visual impact through the use of contrasting, natural materials and innovative design features.  The building has been carefully placed on the low grade southeastern portion of the site in order to emphasize its exposure to King Forest Court and King Rd.  The overall intent of the design features demonstrate a unique combination of environment and technology. The building’s exterior structural features of contrasting stone, wood and glass that follows the existing downward slope of the natural...