Design team announced for Artscape Launchpad on the Toronto Waterfront
Rendering of the proposed development. The black swath indicates the location of Artscape Launchpad. Image courtesy of Daniels Corporation.
Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities, has selected the design team for their new arts-focused entrepreneurship facility, Artscape Launchpad. RAW Design with Rafael + Bigauskas Architects will be designing the Daniels City of the Arts building in which the facility is housed, while Quadrangle Architects will be designing the interior for the Launchpad facility.
Artscape Launchpad is a new model of creative space: part incubator, part co-working facility and part entrepreneurship centre. As part of the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts complex in Toronto’s burgeoning East Bayfront, it is being designed to provide art and design professionals with the tools, resources, training and mentorship to build successful careers rooted in sustainable businesses. Artscape Launchpad members will gain access to a 30,000 square-foot, multi-disciplinary co-working environment full of equipment and technology, as well as a whole suite of programs and services to help them grow their incomes and launch new businesses.
Quadrangle’s fit-out will be the flagship for the prototype concept. The space will add to the traditional Artscape model of giving artists and makers studios in which to work by adding elements to the facility to learn the skills to be founders of strong, viable businesses.
Scheduled to open in 2018, Artscape Launchpad will help generate economic activity through its entrepreneurial training program and diverse mix of maker spaces. Quadrangle’s design will show that a simple, well-conceived and impactful concept can facilitate innovation. The light-filled, accessible, and tech-enabled interiors will bridge between various maker industries and the broader business community — especially as the location at City of Arts positions the makers and artists within the emerging creative education and technology hub in the East Bayfront.
The hub also includes the new George Brown Campus (Stantec Architecture and KPMB Architects in Joint Venture), Corus Entertainment at Corus Quay (Diamond Schmitt Architects, with interiors by Quadrangle Architects) and the upcoming Waterfront Innovation Centre (Sweeny&Co Architects).