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“Welcoming and supportive, holistic in its approach to rehabilitation and treatment – empowering children, families and visitors.”
Holland Bloorview is a highly specialized, multi-use facility that includes a hospital, rehabilitation centre, research centre, school and a recreation centre focused around children and youth with disabilities.
The 358,000-square-foot, L-shaped building creates an alternative experience to the typical hospital environment. The facility is welcoming and supportive, holistic in its approach to rehabilitation and treatment – empowering children, families and visitors.
The facility provides a hierarchy of spaces from public to private. Public spaces are open and accessible to all; full of light and activity, they encourage connection to the ravine site and community beyond. Intimate spaces, such as patient and family accommodation are infused with natural light; provide comfortable space, are personal in scale and restful in material.
The client’s aspiration was to create an inspirational building that reflects what is best for children, young people and their families; to create a building which speaks to a child’s right to participate in society. The design response creates a welcoming environment that integrally connected to the surrounding community and natural ravine setting. The building is organized around a network of common areas that are infused with natural light and are visually and physically connected to outdoor terraces.
Joint Venture with Stantec Architecture.
Completion Date: 2006
Project Type: Healthcare
Building Size: 358,000 sq. ft.