Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway

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Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway

OCAD U Building: Canadian Higher Education Development – design by Bortolotto

29 May 2015

Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway in Toronto

Design: Bortolotto

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bortolotto to transform the southeast corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets into a bold and interactive gateway to the Ontario College of Art and Design University

Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway

Toronto-based Bortolotto has been commissioned by the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) to convert the university’s main office building into the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion – a multiuse, student work and exhibition space. Bortolotto’s proposal will wrap an existing OCAD U building with an intricately perforated, technologically responsive scrim that will dramatically transform the southeast corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets into a dynamic, interactive gateway for the campus.

Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway

So that the current building can take its place adjacent to the architecturally significant Art Gallery of
Ontario by Frank Gehry and OCAD U’s Sharp Centre for Design by Will Alsop, Bortolotto proposes
covering the structure with a diaphanous white veil of water-jet cut aluminum panels on a metal subframe
secured by structural steel outriggers. The lacy façade will gently peel away from the edges of the
building in a gesture to the nearby institutions, attracting passersby with its intricate form and animating
the street with views of the colourful student work displayed inside.

Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway

Bortolotto created the patterned façade by mapping data about Toronto’s artistic community and
augmenting the resulting grid to position OCAD U as the nucleus of the documented paths. The
complex web of connections highlights the cross-disciplinary and collaborative practices that characterize
OCAD U’s creative identity. By snapping a photo of a specific section of the pattern with their mobile
devices, pedestrians will be able to read information provided by OCAD U using an app now being
developed in collaboration with OCAD U’s Digital Media Research Lab. The app will be a dynamic
communications tool that will support OCAD U’s mission to engage the broader community through
digital media.

Inside, Bortolotto will convert the space from its current use as the university’s corporate head office into
a flexible, student-centric facility that will reinforce OCAD U’s unique position as Canada’s “university of
the imagination.” The raw industrial minimalist interiors will include studios, and interactive meeting and
event spaces to support experiential learning and highlight student work.

The design phase of the project is completed and construction is expected to begin later this year. The
renovation of the 1,514 square meter (16,297sf) facility has a budget of $6million.

“We’re proud of this exciting solution that brings together design and technology to redefine the corner
and enable the university to communicate with the community in a new way,” says Bortolotto’s President,
Tania Bortolotto.

Ontario College of Art and Design University Gateway

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