Seamlessly integrates state-of-the-art research and development facilities and commercial businesses entities within an overall interactive campus development
The Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) Centre contains more than 775,000 sf of leading-edge R&D facilities in downtown Toronto. The project includes a new 400,000 square foot lab-based research tower and a new 275,000 square foot computing-based research tower; the preservation and enhancement of a landmark historic building (the former Toronto General Hospital); as well as a new glass-enclosed atrium connecting all the buildings on campus.
The majority of the advanced technology laboratories are located within the areas of new construction, with the administrative support and commercial offices housed within the restored portions of the historic building. Within the research towers are the campus ‘incubator’ facilities, advanced wet and dry lab research areas, an auditorium, media centre and seminar facilities, administrative support functions, interior and exterior landscaped gardens, a fitness centre and other amenity areas.
The design direction for the new research towers and atrium was based on cues from the architectural principles expressed in the façade of the heritage building. The goal was to achieve compatibility between the new architecture and that of the historic building while retaining continuity of the existing urban character of the city block.