St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts redevelopment design concept unveiledFebruary 22, 2023
Zeidler and DS+R scheme shortlisted in St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts international design competition.
We are proud to have been shortlisted in association with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Two Row Architect and PLANT Architect in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts international design competition.
A vital part of the current performing arts and cultural ecosystem in Toronto, the St. Lawrence Centre (STLC) is a rare project that has the potential to re-imagine Toronto’s physical fabric and transform the cultural and civil landscape of the city. It is a unique city-building opportunity to amplify the role of performance spaces as a force for social engagement, cultural exchange and creative innovation.
Our design responds to the competition’s stated opportunities to create a unique cultural hub that combines themes of culture and community with technology, accessibility and sustainability, while conserving heritage value. It demonstrates innovative approaches to sustainable design and performance,
to incorporating radical accessibility for people of all abilities, and to supporting creative, cultural and broader Indigenous communities in Toronto. In striving to realize these opportunities, the design proposes to introduce a visible contemporary layer while meeting and exceeding the required degree of building retention, reflecting continuity and evolution of the site.
A summary of the five finalist designs can be seen via STLC Next.
The design component of the process will be judged by a jury of leaders in the fields of culture, planning, urban design, architecture, Indigenous design, and landscape architecture. Adjudication is scheduled to take place following presentations of the final design submissions on March 7th during a public townhall at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallet Theatre.