Junior Academy

Toronto, Ontario

This 20,000 SF building is the new home for a small private elementary school previously housed in an old town hall.

Of earthy red brick and with dark-bronze anodized window frames, the building makes reference both to its residential context and vernacular school architecture in 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.

photo: Tom Arban