Great cities and great neighbourhoods evolve organically from the talent and imagination of many diverse minds. Canary District will be the creation of five internationally recognized architectural firms from Toronto, Montreal and New York who share a deep commitment to city building and excellence: architectsAlliance (Aa), Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB), Daoust Lestage Inc. (DLi), MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Page & Steele/IBI Group. The Design Team’s mandate for Canary District is to set the standards for the future development of the neighbourhood and to establish Toronto as a world leader in healthy, vibrant city building.
Every block is designed by a different team. Each firm worked in synergy with the others to express the visionary scale and scope of the community. This is further enriched with innovations drawn from a range of successful mixed-use and cultural projects by each firm, such as aA’s ICE, the aA/KPMB collaboration for Radio City and Canada’s National Ballet School, KPMB’s Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower and DLi’s Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. The shared commitment of each firm to contemporary modernism and excellence realizes Canary District’s vision for coherent diversity.
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architectsAlliance provides a full spectrum of services, applied to a scope of practice that ranges from academic and institutional buildings to large scale mixed-use developments, condominiums and affordable housing. aA projects are located all over Canada, the United States and Europe. As a design driven studio, aA encourages fresh thinking, honest questions and tough decisions. A core team led by the Principal and one or more Associates is assigned to each project to ensure accountability and responsive day-by-day stewardship of clients’ goals. The collaborative approach extends to the composition of project teams. aA has collaborated with other architects in Canada, the US and Europe; lab and LEED® consultants in the US and Germany. In design as in nature, cross-pollination breeds strength, diversity and innovation.
KPMB, one of Canada’s leading architectural studios, was founded in 1987 by Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg. The diversity of projects and its commitment to architectural excellence has attracted exceptional clients across Canada, the United States and Europe and earned the firm over 150 awards. Six of the nine projects in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance are designed by KPMB, including the Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Young Centre for Performing Arts. The firm’s commitment to collaboration and integrated design is demonstrated by a range of major mixed-use residential and infrastructure projects such as Maple Leaf Square, Bridgepoint Health (in joint venture with Stantec Architecture as the Planning Design Compliance Architects), and CAMH (as part of the C3 consortium).
MACLENNAN JAUNKALNS MILLER ARCHITECTS (MJMA)
MJMA is one of Canada’s leading specialists in the design of sport and recreation architecture. A Toronto-based practice with projects across the country, MJMA is a group of passionate designers and architects who are invested in the ideals of place making that amplify the quality of life, and give value to wellness, social, and cultural aspirations. MJMA contributes to the Pan/Parapan Am Games Athlete’s Village with expertise and proven experience in the design of sustainable sports and recreation facilities for related clients, including the City of Toronto, the University of Toronto, YMCAs across the province, and municipalities across Canada, as well as for amateur and professional sports teams.
DAOUST LESTAGE INC. ARCHITECTURE DESIGN URBAIN
As a multidisciplinary firm concerned with design at every scale, from the city to the object, Daoust Lestage Inc. strives to bridge the limitations of traditional design practices and overcome boundaries between urban design, architecture, landscape, interior and industrial design. Since 1988, Daoust Lestage inc., led by Renée Daoust and Réal Lestage, has been actively involved in the fields of architecture and urban design throughout Canada. The studio has been involved in multiple institutional academic projects in Toronto including the Ryerson University Master Plan, and Phase 1 of its implementation, the George Brown College School of Design and Waterfront Campus Master Plan, and the recently completed Centre for Excellence in French Language and Bilingual Education at the Glendon Campus of York University.
Page + Steele ARCHITECTS
Founded in 1926, Page + Steele has established an award winning tradition of excellence and professionalism. The firm recently became a subsidiary of IBI Group (www.ibigroup.com), a multidisciplinary global practice headquartered in Toronto, and is now known as Page + Steele/ IBI Group Architects. The firm has extensive expertise in the design of hotel, residential, office and retail buildings. Some recent hotel projects include: the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences in downtown Toronto, Four Seasons Hotels in Prague and Amman Jordan, The SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences. Recent residential and mixed use projects include Maple Leaf Square, West One at Concord Adex City Place, The Prince Arthur and 112 St Clair Avenue West.
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MUNGE LEUNG INTERIOR DESIGN
Munge Leung was established in 1997 by Alessandro Munge and Sai Leung with the desire to build a boutique studio to offer dynamic and inspiring design solutions to a variety of specialty areas. Today Munge Leung is an internationally recognized, Toronto-based interior design firm with a wealth of experience in creating the interiors for a global client roster that includes luxury hotels, premium condominium and residential projects, and iconic food and beverage venues. Munge Leung’s work spans North America, Asia and the Middle East and has received numerous awards and accolades, as well as frequent coverage in leading design publications around the world.
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Ellis Don Ledcor PAAV Inc.
Ellis Don and Ledcor, two construction majors have joined hands to form Ellis Don Ledcor PAAV Inc., the company responsible for the construction of Canary District. An employee-owned company serving clients around the world, Ellis Don is focused on finding new solutions to industrywide challenges. Employing over 1400 people and maintaining annual revenues in excess of $2.7-billion, Ellis Don continues to distinguish itself as a team that understands and adapts to the unique needs of its clients. Ledcor is a diversified construction company, made up of teams of people who are proven in their industries, all working to design, build, transport, operate, and maintain projects across North America. Ledcor believes that projects are about more than concrete and steel, they’re about people and the power of partnerships.