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Sep 6, 2017

Diamond Schmitt Architects News

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design Building, downtown Vancouver, southern British Columbia, Canada
Wilson Arts Plaza, SE entrance, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver
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Emily Carr University of Art + Design Building<
This 290,000 sf landmark building anchors the regeneration of an industrial zone. To engage the community of this emerging cultural and academic precinct, the campus has an open and accessible design that welcomes the public into the creative processes on display.

24 Jul 2017
Robarts Library Building, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Robarts Library at the University of Toronto
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Robarts Library Expansion at the University of Toronto
Canada’s largest academic library is growing. A major expansion of Robarts Library at the University of Toronto will add 1,200 work and study spaces to the iconic facility, which is known as an exemplar of the concrete Brutalist style of architecture from the 1960s.

Jul 11, 2017
International shortlist revealed for architects to design landmark Centre for Music in London

TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects in partnership with UK architects AL_A are shortlisted to develop a concept design for a new concert hall in the City of London. The Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama are leading the competition, with support from the City of London Corporation.

The Centre for Music is planned to contain a world-class concert hall, education, training and digital spaces, and excellent facilities for audiences and performers to bring music-making to the widest possible audience. “It would be a place of welcome, participation, discovery and learning fit for the digital age,” said the project’s backers in a press release.

The developers sought applications from internationally recognized experts to develop plans for a state-of-the-art building of acoustic and visual excellence. The other firms on the shortlist are Foster + Partners, Gehry Partners, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Snøhetta. The Centre would be a permanent home to the London Symphony Orchestra and host performances from the Barbican’s family of Associate orchestras, as well as performances from touring artists and orchestras in a range of genres from across the UK and the world.

The preferred site for the Centre for Music is in the heart of the Square Mile, currently occupied by the Museum of London, which is developing a new and larger site at West Smithfield.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall School and the City of London Corporation realize their goal for a concert hall to be among the best in the world,” said Donald Schmitt, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Amanda Levete, Principal of AL_A, said: “I am thrilled that AL_A and Diamond Schmitt Architects have been shortlisted for this ambitious project. It is an extraordinary opportunity to redefine the role that music and culture can play in today’s society, right in the heart of the City.”

Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is among the world’s top design firms for the cultural building sector. An award-winning portfolio of opera houses, concert halls and galleries includes the Mariinsky II Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, Maison Symphonique in Montreal, and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Current projects include the renewal of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City and Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Texas.

AL_A (www.ala.uk.com) is an award-winning architecture and design studio, with recently completed work including the highly acclaimed V&A Exhibition Road Quarter in London, MAAT in Lisbon, and Central Embassy in Bangkok. Ongoing commissions around the world include the transformation of the flagship Galleries Lafayette department store in Paris, two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford, and the Monte St Angelo subway station in Naples.

New Centre for Musicin London

30 Jun 2017
National Arts Centre – NAC Reopening, Ottawa, Canada
National Arts Centre in Ottawa: NAC | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo : Lisa Logan Photography
National Arts Centre in Ottawa
On July 1st, Canada’s 150th Birthday, the National Arts Centre inaugurates a new building wing which transforms the Centre for the first time in 50 years. Diamond Schmitt Architects has designed new public spaces and a new entry which, for the first time, connect the NAC to Confederation Square and the Parliamentary Precinct in Ottawa.

29 Jun 2017
PwC-YMCA Tower, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
PwC YMCA Tower
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PwC-YMCA Tower, Vaughan Building
Canada’s largest urban development project broke ground today on a central feature of the emerging downtown precinct in the City of Vaughan. The PwC-YMCA Tower designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects will combine Class-A office space, amenities and services and be situated at the heart of SmartCentres Place. The developers are Smart Real Estate Investment Trust (SmartREIT) and Mitchell Goldhar.

6 + 2 May 2017
Etobicoke Commons in Toronto, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Etobicoke Commons
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Etobicoke Commons Toronto Building
Diamond Schmitt Architects is among a shortlist of firms selected to design a new civic centre for the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke. The scheme was recently presented at a public event.

26 Oct 2016
The Waterworks Toronto Building, Ontario, Canada
The Waterworks Toronto Building
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The Waterworks Toronto Building
A large heritage building on an historic downtown Toronto site will be preserved and adapted from its industrial origins to become a vibrant mixed-use community hub for a rapidly growing residential population.

Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences
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Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences – 2 May 2016
This arts complex will be built in Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of the legendary 1950s pop star whose brief career influenced generations of musicians and fans.

Creative City Campus, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Creative City Campus
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OCAD University Creative City Campus – 13 Apr 2016
OCAD University is Canada’s largest art, design and new media university. Following a remarkable contribution of $27 million from the Government Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the university is realizing its goal of transformation.

National Arts Centre in Ottawa Building, Ottawa, Canada
National Arts Centre in Ottawa
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National Arts Centre in Ottawa – 10 Feb 2016
The NAC marked the start of its architectural rejuvenation with a groundbreaking ceremony. The $110-million project is one of the largest capital investments by the Government of Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. The grand opening will take place on July 1st 2017.

University of Toronto Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building
U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building
photo : Michael Muraz
University of Toronto Scarborough ESCB – 30 Jan 2016
Delivered with design-build construction partner EllisDon, the 110,000-square-foot building provides state-of-the-art laboratory and teaching space for some of Canada’s brightest new minds. The project is a showpiece for integrating the requirements of a modern and dynamic post-secondary academic campus plan and meets institutional objectives for stringent sustainable design targets.

Globe Mail Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 20 Sep 2013
Globe and Mail Centre Building
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A new office tower is set to transform Toronto’s downtown east side. The 500,000-sqft Globe and Mail Centre will be the new home of Canada’s national newspaper and will anchor the emerging St. Lawrence neighbourhood as a hub of urban activity and corporate offices. The 17-storey building designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects presents a sequential stacking of alternate-sized floor plates interlaid with terraces that give the structure a distinctive and contemporary profile.

Peter Gilgan Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 18 Sep 2013
The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning Building
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The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning opened today at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, bringing under one roof 2000 researchers, trainees and staff previously dispersed throughout six buildings. At 778,000 sq ft (72,354 sm), the 21-storey laboratory designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects is believed to be the largest child health research tower in the world and among the largest laboratories in the high-rise form.

UofT Scarborough – Environmental Science & Chemistry Building, Canada – 10 Sep 2013
University of Toronto Scarborough Building
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Diamond Schmitt Architects has won a design competition for the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building for University of Toronto Scarborough. This is the second building in a new campus precinct and is adjacent to the gateway Instructional Centre, also designed by the firm, which opened in 2011.

New Mexico Highlands University Student, Mexico – 31 Jul 2013
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
New Mexico Highlands University Student Union
photo : Robert Reck

An innovative and highly sustainable building has opened at New Mexico Highlands University. The Student Union Building is designed to respond to the American Southwest climate and connects the campus with the community of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Dunfield Theatre Building, Cambridge, Ontario
Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, Ontario
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Dunfield Theatre Ontario – 8 Mar 2013
One of the largest performing arts companies in Canada is set to open a ‘cultural hub’ and 500-seat theatre in Cambridge, Ontario. Drayton Entertainment inaugurates its seventh and largest venue, Dunfield Theatre tonight. The facility consolidates the company’s operations under one roof and revitalizes the riverfront district of this historic city.

Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
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Mariinsky Theatre
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Diamond Schmitt Architects – latest major building – 19 Dec 2012
Major new Russian building due to open in May 2013, designed by Canadian architects.
Mariinsky II will expand the Mariinsky’s cultural complex on legendary Theatre Square and enable the institution to offer the public a greatly increased schedule of presentations. Mariinsky II, funded by the Russian Government, is designed by the Toronto-based firm of Diamond Schmitt Architects in conjunction with the Russian firm KB ViPS. The 851,580-square-foot Mariinsky II will be one of the largest lyric arts facilities in the world.

4 Dec 2012
LEED Gold Cultural Facilities, Canada
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TWO CULTURAL FACILITIES OBTAIN LEED GOLD

Burlington Performing Arts and Kinnear Centre in Banff cited for sustainable design
TORONTO – Two cultural facilities designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects can take a bow. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre and the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation have received LEED® Gold certification for New Construction from The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Burlington Performing Arts Centre
photo : Shai Gil

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is the first theatre in Ontario and only the second in Canada to achieve this high distinction for sustainable design. “We pursued an aggressive sustainable directive to reduce energy consumption and lower the environmental impact for this building type, which is not typically associated with green design,” said Gary McCluskie, Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Kinnear Centre
photo : Tom Arban

The sustainable narrative for the Burlington theatre was interwoven throughout the project and began with innovative on-site remediation initiatives to treat contaminated soil. Energy efficient design was achieved with thermal and lighting controls and monitoring, use of natural daylight and exterior envelope design. Ninety percent of construction waste was diverted from landfill, 19 percent of construction materials contain recycled content and 50 per cent of wood-based materials used are FSC certified. These and other measures resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in use of water, both indoors and outdoors, and a 47 per cent reduction in energy consumption relative to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).

Burlington Performing Arts Centre Building
photo : Shai Gil

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (above) has a 720-seat Main Theatre, 260-seat Studio, a six-storey fly tower, a large public lobby and plaza that integrates the facility with downtown Burlington. It opened in December 2011.

Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation
photo : Tom Arban

The Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation (above) is the new hub of The Banff Centre, the renowned Rocky Mountain arts and conference facility located in Banff National Park, Alberta. The three-storey, 60,000 square foot structure houses learning and meeting rooms, innovative rehearsal and performance space, plus informal gallery areas, a cafe/lounge and the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives.

“The multi-disciplinary purposes of the Banff Centre and its setting guided the design to ensure the protection of the natural beauty, wildlife and environment within the park,” said Jarle Lovlin, Principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects.

The building scheme includes an efficient exterior building envelope, sun shading to reduce energy use and a storm water management system. The Kinnear Centre capitalizes on its stunning mountain setting and provides 100 percent of occupied space with access to views. Fully 78 percent of wood products were supplied from FSC-certified sources. A 37 percent energy cost savings relative to the MNECB was achieved.

“Going forward, the measures that enhance the environmental performance of buildings will hopefully become the standard for all building types, integrating sustainable innovation and design as these two projects have demonstrated,” added Jack Diamond, Principal with the firm.

Recent Diamond and Schmitt Buildings

Brentwood Library, Toronto, Canada
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Brentwood Library Building
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Brentwood Library – 7 Nov 2012
This building has re-opened following a two-year renovation and expansion designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects. The updated library adds 30 percent more public service, collection and staff space configured on a tight site in the suburb of Etobicoke. The form of the original (1955) two-storey east wing is maintained and connects with a three-storey addition by a double-height Reading Room that houses the library’s main book collection and seating areas. Natural lighting is abundant throughout the library and all occupied spaces have windows and outdoor views.

Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Ryerson Image Centre
photo © Tom Arban Photography Inc.

Ryerson Image Centre – 27 Sep 2012
An international centre for photographic arts designed to house and exhibit one of the world’s most prestigious collections opens September 29, 2012 in downtown Toronto. The Ryerson Image Centre completes the transformation by Diamond Schmitt Architects of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts, renovated to accommodate gallery space, curatorial and graduate study centres, state-of-the-art storage vaults and student galleries. The new centre is designed to museum standards of the Canadian Conservation Institute. The windowless former brewery warehouse that housed the school for 50 years is now an open and legible program that engages with the campus and community.

18 Jul 2012
West Kowloon Cultural District Competition, China
Shortlisted Design Team for First Arts Venue
West Kowloon Cultural District
Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
West Kowloon Cultural District Competition

Shortlist of five design teams invited to submit proposals for the design of the Xiqu Centre, one of the first landmark buildings for the WKCD, scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.

Shortlisted design teams:
– BTA & RLP Company Limited
– Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects
– Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange
– Safdie Architects LLC
– Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. (in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt)

May 11 2012

St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada

Diamond Schmitt Architects

DIAMOND SCHMITT ARCHITECTS TO LEAD EARLY DESIGNS FOR HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects has been selected by Infrastructure Ontario to lead the planning, design and compliance of a major expansion to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The project includes the construction of a new 17-storey patient-care tower and the renovation of approximately 150,000 square feet of existing space. The expansion will add five new operating rooms, enlarge the emergency department and relocate patient beds from an 85-year-old wing.

Earlier addition by Diamond Schmitt Architects at the St. Michael’s Hospital, the Cardinal Carter wind atop the red masonry base of the hospital, also shown is the current vacant lot where the 17-storey tower will rise:
St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto
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Diamond Schmitt Architects will work in association with DIALOG Ontario Inc. on the redevelopment. Program features will include:

• hybrid operating rooms each large enough to include state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment that will allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive, image-guided or catheter-based procedures, as well as undertake open surgery in the same operating room.

• Enlarged, state-of-the-art facilities for orthopedic surgery, oncology, coronary care and respirology, including North America’s largest adult cystic fibrosis clinic, as well as critical care space for the coronary and medical-surgical units.

• Expansion of the current Emergency Department, which was originally designed to accommodate 45,000 patient visits, but now accommodates 70,000 patient visits a year—a number that continues to grow with the population.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue working with St Michael’s Hospital,” said Jack Diamond, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects. “It is wonderful to work with an institution of such noble purpose, compassion and above all one that delivers such exceptional care. Our task will be to ensure an architecture commensurate with St Michael’s great attributes. This will not only be from a functional perspective, but, given the prominent location of the new patient care tower at the corner of Victoria and Queen Streets, will be the new face of St Michael’s”.

“The new patient care tower and renovation projects will ensure that St. Michael’s staff and physicians are able to provide the excellent quality of care that is our hallmark, within a state-of-the-art facility that includes the latest advances in technology and lifesaving equipment,” said Dr. Robert Howard, Chief Executive Officer, St. Michael’s Hospital.

Diamond Schmitt Architects previously designed St. Michael’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, a unique research and education facility; the Cardinal Carter wing and the St. Michael’s Women’s Health Clinic.

Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading Canadian full-service architectural practice and is the recipient of more than 200 awards, including six Governor General’s Awards for Architecture. The firm is recognized for sustainable design expertise in healthcare facilities, academic and research buildings, the performing arts, residential and commercial properties. Current projects include The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Tower and Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto and the New Mariinsky Theatre, an opera house in St. Petersburg, Russia.

14 Mar 2012

The Festival Hub at David Pecaut Square, Toronto, Canada
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Windscape Toronto
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Windscape Luminato Toronto
LUMINATO 2012 WINDSCAPE
Sparking an annual tradition, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, now in its sixth year, today announced that the Festival’s hub at David Pecaut Square will be transformed into an art installation for the duration of the festival, June 8-17, 2012.

Key Projects by Diamond Schmitt Architects

Featured Buildings by Diamond and Schmitt, alphabetical:

Cambridge Civic Administration Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2008-

Corus Entertainment building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2007

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Foreign Ministry of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
2007

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2007
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
image Courtesy of the WKCDA
For Canadian Opera Company + National Ballet of Canada
2,000 seat auditorium

Hendrie Gateway Pavilion, Royal Ontario Botanical Gardens, Montreal, Canada
2007-

Life Sciences Building, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Los Alamos Civic Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA

Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C., USA

Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Central Waterfront, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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Diamond Schmitt Architects Toronto – Practice Information

Diamond Schmitt Architects office based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Diamond Schmitt Architects is recognized as one of Canada’s leading architectural practices. Founded in 1975 and located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the firm currently employs 160 architects working on projects worldwide. The founding principals of the firm are architects A.J. Diamond and Donald Schmitt.

Over the course of three decades, Diamond Schmitt Architects has steadily grown in both size and reputation with an increased focus on large-scale institutional buildings designed to meet the specific needs of performing arts organizations, as well as academic and medical research institutions, many of which have won international design awards. Design success at Diamond Schmitt Architects has been matched with equal success by budget and schedule control, a record in which the firm takes much pride.

Diamond Schmitt Architects has recently completed award-winning performing arts centres for the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s Sidney Harman Hall, and the Garter Lane Theatre in Ireland. Currently in design at Diamond Schmitt Architects are concert halls for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Symphony Orchestra as well as a number of performance halls for smaller theatre groups in both Canada and the United States.

Left to right: AJ Diamond, Gary Mcluskie, Michael Tracey:
AJ Diamond Gary Mcluskie Michael Tracey

Three of recent projects by Diamond Schmitt Architects were recognized by Architectural Record and its sister publication BusinessWeek as being among the 10 best buildings in the world in the following years – 2004: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem; 2007: the Four Seasons Center for the Performing arts in Toronto, Canada; 2008: The Sidney Harman Hall at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Measurable results proving that these buildings changed people’s lives helped support the theory that good design equals good business. As well, Diamond Schmitt Architects has received over 150 regional, national and international awards for excellence in design as well as awards from national building associations (brick, concrete, steel, wood, glass and bronze) and ‘green’ organizations such as the U.S. and Canadian Green Building Councils for leadership in the design of environmentally sustainable buildings.

Diamond Schmitt Architects has developed a reputation as a teaching office, encouraging an open and collaborative design process that over the years has attracted talented young architects from around the world. The architectural teams at Diamond Schmitt are lively and diverse with over 25 languages currently spoken within the office.

In 2004 and again in 2008 the international accounting and consulting firm Deloitte LLP included Diamond Schmitt Architects on their list of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada. In 2008 A.J. Diamond co-authored (with Donald Schmitt and Don Gillmor) Insight and On Site, The Architecture of Diamond and Schmitt. Part manifesto, part monograph, the book addresses critical urban issues and provides examples from the Diamond Schmitt architectural practice that both address and offer planning and design solutions to those issues.

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