Artscape Wychwood Barns

Toronto Artscape and the City of Toronto worked with DTAH to convert an early 20th century TTC streetcar repair and maintenance facility into a mixed-use centre for artists and environmental organizations.

The Artscape Wychwood Barns consist of 26 live/work housing units, 15 work studios for local artists, a series of community spaces for arts and environmental groups, and a greenhouse and sheltered garden, all adjacent to a newly developed park by the City of Toronto. The oldest barn, built in 1913, was converted into a covered street that provides access through the facility as well as a place for markets, exhibitions and large public gatherings.

The project is LEED Gold certified. Included in the design are a large cistern to collect roof water for irrigation and use in washrooms, and a provision for a ground source heat pump HVAC system.

Joe Lobko presented his paper “Toronto Brownfield Redux”, on Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works, at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in Paris (France) November 2011.

Location

Toronto, Ontario

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