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Toronto Centre For Native Child & Family Well Being: A Formula For Success

Toronto Centre for Native Child & Family Well Being: a formula for Success

How do you create a welcoming gathering place that any community would be glad to call its own?  There is a three step formula. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto opened in the summer of 2010 in a reconverted office building in the center of Toronto. The facility houses a drop-in childcare centre, an artist studio, family, mental health, social services and a rooftop garden.

CONNECT WITH OLD + NEW REFERENCES

–       Start with natural & cultural materials: yellow birch, white cedar, Eramosa limestone, river rock & red slate

–       Combine with indigenous plants of the region: sweet grass, sage, tobacco, corn & squash

–       Reference the traditional cedar long house

–       Add a roof garden for gathering and ceremony, complete with fire pit and sweat lodge

INFUSE WITH GREAT ART + GRAPHICS

–       Collaborate with aboriginal artists for original art

–       Bring in a graphic designer to create a memorable & warm interior (we LOVE the supergraphics on glass)

BRING YOUR ECO-PHILOSOPHY

–       Reuse an energy-inefficient, underutilized structure and retrofit with non-toxic, low impact, local & low maintenance materials

–       Incorporate a low-maintenance green wall in the interior to bring oxygen to every floor while collecting rainwater for rooftop plants.

Bravo!

 

website: http://www.nativechild.org/

Architect (& image credit): Levitt Goodman Architects

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