Junior Academy

Previously housed in an old town hall, this new home for a small private elementary school in mid-town Toronto is characterized by bright, open and airy learning spaces for its students and staff.

Composed of earthy red brick and dark-bronze anodized window frames, the building makes reference both to its residential context and vernacular school architecture of Ontario. The windows are playfully distributed on the facade, positioned so that views of the trees both on site and in the neighbourhood are framed, and so that each classroom has a different pattern of windows.

A small double-height entry lobby is washed with light from tall windows and a skylight, and acts as the centre of the cross-axial plan.

Location: Toronto, ON
Size: 20,000 sf

Photos: Tom Arban

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