Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

Schools of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Information Technology Ontario

Fanshawe College, London

New Architecture in Ontario, Canada – design by Diamond Schmitt Architects

22 Aug 2018

Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects and Philip Agar Architect

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard, London, Ontario, Canada

Fanshawe College in London

Toronto – A state-of-the-art hybrid academic facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Philip Agar Architect has opened at Fanshawe College in downtown London, Ontario.

Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

The 10,600sm (114,000sf) building transforms a historic department store into a vibrant urban campus to welcome 1,600 students, staff and faculty. Some of the original features and materials are incorporated in the newly built facility, which retains its street character fronting on Dundas Street.

The new building is home to the Schools of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Information Technology. The seven-storey structure includes a setback three-storey addition above the original building with a façade enlivened by colourful metal panels and varying densities of frit on the glazing.

A student-run restaurant animates the ground floor, which also features a two-storey biofilter living wall, amphitheatre seating, and an open corridor that links the Dundas and Carling Street entrances. The academic program provides five culinary labs, a raked-seating demonstration lecture theatre, a teaching restaurant, four classrooms and 11 computer labs. Student terraces line the fourth floor.

Fanshawe College London building

“The building site is 55 metres long and narrow, so in order to bring in daylight and enhance the transparency, a light well and staircase in the centre of the building extends to the second floor main event space,” said Sydney Browne, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

The former Kingsmill’s department store dates to the late 19th-century and was a fixture of city life in London. The stone facade and awning on Dundas Street have been preserved while the adjacent red brick annex was taken down, restored and replaced. Other original features incorporated in the design include reclaimed wood joists, a tin ceiling and locally made yellow brick. The pneumatic tube messaging system and the original store safe are both on display.

Fanshawe College building interior

The $66.2 million campus is the largest single project by southwestern Ontario’s biggest community college. “It’s rewarding to see this project come to life and to feel the energy of an additional 1,600 students in downtown London,” said Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin.

Among current projects by Diamond Schmitt Architects is the interim home for the Senate of Canada in Ottawa; the Innovation Centre at Red River College in Winnipeg; and a new campus for York University in Markham, Ontario.

Photos: Lisa Logan Photography

Fanshawe College Building, London, Ontario images / information from Diamond Schmitt Architects

Diamond Schmitt Architects

Location: 1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard; London, Ontario, Canada; N5Y 5R6


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