ERA Architects

Holcim Award to 1 Spadina Cresc.

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Recently the Holcim Foundation Awards recognized 1 Spadina Crescent under the category “Heritage Reframed.” ERA is working with the University, NADAAA, and Adamson Associates to repair and refurbish the spectacular gothic revival building from 1875, and redevelop the site to accommodate a new addition designed by NADAAA to be occupied by the University’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design.

In the jury’s words, “This project was applauded for its rare approach towards bringing a heritage building back to life through new construction, one respectful of the existing structure, while introducing new spatial qualities to the entire ensemble. Here, a dialog is established between the past and the present, for an educational facility directed toward the future – a dialog most clearly expressed in the sequence of spaces at the intersection of the ‘new’ and the ‘old’. Additionally, the jury greatly respects the efforts undertaken to integrate environmental principles in the development of the design, without falling into the pitfalls and clichés of ‘sustainability’. On the contrary, new standards for architecture are confidently brought to the fore.

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