Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Architect
KPMB Architects
Location
Toronto, Canada
Category
Offices
Maris Mezulis

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

KPMB Architects as Architects

The primary design goals were to provide a welcoming home for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario; create a highly sustainable and efficient green building; use architecture as an educational opportunity; and achieve effective neighborhood integration and signature architecture. The building's design prioritizes a contextual response to knit together the divergent set of conditions that characterize the neighborhood and its edge conditions. Siting strategies involved preserving the existing tree canopy to provide a natural shading device. The building is massed to respond to the rhythm and scale of Victorian residences to the west. A large black walnut tree was retained by creating a west-facing tree court cutting into the building. A façade of vision glazing, fibre-cement panels and vertical sunshade fins reduces solar gains. For south and west façades, late-day solar gains are countered by a fully automated exterior shading blind system — one of the only large-scale applications in Canada. As the greenest, and most energy-efficient, purpose-built office building in the Toronto region, the new ETFO headquarters will be a model for other organizations to take action and confront energy-climate challenges.

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