Daniels Spectrum

Diamond Schmitt Architects as Architects

Daniels Spectrum, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, provides 60,000 square feet of stage, rehearsal, community and tenant space for seven grassroots organizations dedicated to artistic, cultural and social innovation and youth programming.

The three-storey facility anchors the corner of Dundas St. E. and the new Regent Park Boulevard and announces itself as an open and accessible community space with a transparent entry court and café on the street. Multi-coloured accent panels inspired by the flags of the world are set against custom-formed white metal siding and a syncopated rhythm of recessed windows.

The main 6000-square-foot AdaSlaight Hall is a flexible performance/event space with state-of-the-art theatre equipment, a lighting grid, catwalks, A/V booth, projection facilities and retractable seating for 310, with additional floor seating that brings capacity to 400 spectators. An adjoining courtyard adds 4000 square feet for outdoor community activity. Additional ground floor studio and performance space for tenant groups includes the Aki Studio Theatre for Native Earth Performing Arts and a performance space with two rehearsal rooms for COBA – Collective of Black Artists. Diamond and Schmitt worked with Jaffe Holden Acoustics and Fisher Dachs Associates for theatre design.

The second floor has arts-based learning program space for the Regent Park School of Music, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Pathways to Education and the Regent Park Film Festival. On the third floor, the Centre for Social Innovation provides collaborative office space for social and arts entrepreneurs.

“It was our objective to facilitate interaction among the tenants, students and the public and to make the centre a vibrant crossroads for the community”, said Donald Schmitt, Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects. “The glass-enclosed café overlooking the new 6-acre Regent Park across Dundas St. is a meeting place for the community. Very wide corridors act as a gallery, impromptu performance space and a public piazza that facilitates connection among users.”

The facility is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include a green roof, bicycle parking and showers, storm water treatment, high-efficiency HVAC system, heat recovery, occupancy sensors, recycled construction materials, including reclaimed wood from Regent Park, low VOC paint, carpeting and cabinetry and controllable lights and thermostats.

Daniels Spectrum is named for The Daniels Corporation, the developer in partnership with Toronto Community Housing Corporation revitalizing the 69-acre downtown site with 5,115 rent-geared-to-income and market rate residential units. The billion-dollar undertaking reconnects Regent Park to Toronto’s grid of streets and brings new commercial spaces and community facilities. The non-profit Artscape organization operates Daniels Spectrum.

Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is among the world’s top ten design firms for the cultural building sector. An award-winning portfolio of opera houses, concert halls, libraries, academic, research and residential buildings includes La MaisonSymphonique de Montréal and the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The firm is shortlisted for the Xiqu Centre, a performing arts complex in Hong Kong.

Daniels Spectrum

Entro as Consultants

Daniels Spectrum is one of the most important initiatives in the revitalization of the Regent Park neighbourhood. Dedicated to experience, learning and innovation, the Centre is becoming the artistic, cultural and social hub of the community.

Daniels Spectrum, operated by Artscape, showcases how design helps foster community, cultural expression, and creativity.

Coloured bands are central to the design schema. The colours are representative of the flags of the countries from which many residents of this diverse community originate.

Working with Artscape and Diamond Schmitt Architects in an integrated design approach, graphics were manifested on the exterior facades of the building as well as reflected in the interior environment.

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