Visual Arts Mississauga
This project provided new teaching facilities for Visual Arts Mississauga as part of the development of Riverwood, an innovative garden park on the banks of the Credit River. The new, single-storey building is sited adjacent to a renovated historical stone farmhouse and barn and sets the standard for future development in the park.
The facility contains five flexible studios, administrative support spaces and a public comfort station designed to accommodate park visitors. The building exemplifies a contemporary approach to design – simple rectilinear lines with an emphasis on natural materials – allowing the building to integrate into the existing landscape while respecting its historic context. A number of LEED initiatives have also been incorporated into the building, including a large green roof and extensive use of natural lighting.