Project led by Eric Gordon and David Fox while employed at a previous firm
MaRS Discovery District
The MaRS Centre Phase 2 is located in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District, a medical and biotechnology corridor between Spadina Avenue and Bay Street.
Containing a 60:40 mix of state-of-the-art research labs to offices, the building design emphasizes a culture of cross-disciplinary idea exchange between bio-med, government, and technology. Work environments are co-located, with access to generous meeting areas and rooms equipped with the latest communications and IT systems.
The design features a light-filled glazed atrium which connects the Phase 2 facility to the existing Phase 1 building to the east. Connections to the TTC’s Queen’s Park Station exist at the northwest corner of the site.
Challenge: To design a flexible facility suitable for use as a research laboratory space or commercial offices, with capacity to accommodate future, specific tenant requirements
Solution: A flexible modular grid system suitable for lab bench spacing and commercial layouts was chosen. To address floor vibration due to use and occupancy in sensitive laboratory areas, the design incorporates a robust concrete framing system.