South Parkdale CRR (2018)


  • Project: South Parkdale Community Resource Centre (CRR)
  • Building Type: Civic- Community Centre & Library
  • Designer: Emem Essien
  • Clients: All inhabitants and institutions
  • Location: 1221 King Street West, Toronto
  • Area: 1,000 m²
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Revit
  • Project Year: 2018

King & Dufferin Transformed

The central idea behind this project is community and cultural restoration of the downtown Toronto neighbourhood of South Parkdale, which calls for social space and diversity. The juxtaposition of the fast-paced, busy nature of King Street, and quiet vibes of Dufferin Street have a strong influence on the building's design language.

For this reason, the design approach used is a holistic yet pragmatic one. For example, while the CRR aims to be aesthetically pleasing to users of the building through the extensive use of glazed facades for sufficient light ventilation when performing various activities, this building also considers daylight penetration. Sunrise occurs in the SE quadrant of the overall site (R) which calls for the least amount of apertures, and the front facade (NE quadrant) receives the least amount of daylight, which calls for larger and more windows. Additionally, while aiming to be a contemporary and modern addition to the King & Dufferin neighbourhood, it still adopts the common materiality of stone masonry with its design.

Overall, the design intent is to repurpose and revitalize the intersection of King and Dufferin by establishing a central cultural facility for providing information and rich sense of community to both inhabitants and institutions.

Scale: 1:200

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Scale: 1:50

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Digital Model & Renderings

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