SickKids Ophthalmology Centre

Toronto, Ontario

Client: The Hospital for Sick Children
Size: 9,500 sq.ft. (880 sq.m.)

Located on the main floor of the Black Wing, the Ophthamology Centre project represents a refresh of the largest paediatric ophthalmology centre in North America. Seeking to update the clinic which was completed in the 1990s, the Zeidler team worked with SickKids to develop a modern, colourful design based on a treehouse concept. The renovation provides new spaces for various activities: the only ocular genetics and retinoblastoma programs in Canada, the NeuroVision program, ocular reconstruction, and retinopathy of prematurity. This includes a state-of-the-art paediatric Ophthalmic Imaging Unit and a Visual Electrophysiology Unit.

From the corridor, visitors encounter brightly coloured doorways with large numerals, then a wide house-shaped opening along a wall with syncopated windows scattered across the surface like stars in the sky. The corridor leads into a large, colourful waiting area where playfully outlined birds wearing glasses are frosted on window panes and screened into nooks. Pieces from Frank Gehry’s Colour Cube collection complement the angular frames and counterpoint the furnishings. Receiving over 20,000 visits per year, the clinic’s design is fun and sophisticated, catering to the promotion of eye health, treatment of eye diseases and excellence in eye care for children and youths of all ages.


  • Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario - Award of Merit, 2015