Education, Master Planning, Mixed Use, Public Buildings

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 akin to a fifth elevation than a roof. The centre’s extruded overhangs summon to mind the appearance of a natural rock formation rather a conventional building structure, floating above a base of glass panels and other inviting street-level features.

This visual integration continues at the level of functionality, as the building houses the aforementioned uses under one, eco-friendly roof. The building’s programming is innovative and urban, along similar lines as the multi-purpose Humberwood Centre in suburban Etobicoke, also designed by ZAS in 1994. In the Canoe Landing Complex, indoor playspace and educational areas are shared between the schools, as are the learning commons and gymnasium, while the outdoor park and community rooms can be accessed by all. The successful design union is also due to commitment and co-operation between the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, all of whom have approved the design for the building and expect construction to begin in 2017.


City of Toronto

Toronto District School Board

Toronto Catholic District School Board




Public Elementary School

Catholic Elementary School

Community Centre

Childcare Centre

Below Grade Parking

Below Grade Services

Landscaping and Playgrounds

Sustainable Features

Tracking to Toronto Green Standards Tier 1


"New public-Catholic school to be built at City Place." Marco Chown Oved. Toronto Star. June 29, 2015. Link

"Two schools planned on Toronto waterfront to share one building." Selena Ross. The Globe and Mail. June 24, 2015. Link