Department of Family and Community Medicine

Toronto, Ontario

500 University Avenue is an existing multi-storey office building and home to various University of Toronto departments. This complete renovation of the third and fifth floors of the building provides a new 18,000-square-foot home for the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

The renovation centered on using simple design moves to achieve maximum effect. Key goals included optimizing natural light and views throughout; sound attenuation between acoustically sensitive areas; providing a mix of in/formal meeting spaces to promote collaboration; and establishing a clear and professional visual identity for the Department.

The project is further characterized by the extensive use of sustainable and low-impact materials, and an integrated wayfinding and display scheme that animates the space.

photo: Shai Gil