October 11, 2012
by Canadian Architect
Toronto’s newest police station has opened its doors. 14 Division, located just north of Dovercourt and Dundas Street West, was designed to embody the spirit of community collaboration.
Architects Michael Moxam and Tom Kyle of Stantec Architecture worked closely with The Toronto Police Service and with the tight-knit, west-end community to design a building that would integrate the urban, residential neighbourhood with a modern police force.
“The challenge of creating a building like this is that it has to work for the police as well as the community,” says Moxam. As part of their commitment to community policing, the Toronto Police Service included representatives from the neighbourhood on the design committee for the project. “Their input was invaluable. Because of that collaboration, you see a new police station with an emphasis on community landscape.”
“This building was meant to be a welcoming public resource and not a fortress plunked down in the middle of a community,” says Kyle. “Our design elements achieved that goal.”
The site was previously the location of a school. Moxam and Kyle opted to maintain the same setback as the school in order to design a friendly, welcoming public streetscape.
Other key design elements include the porch-like garden pavilion entrance, a glazed community meeting room that is accessible from the main lobby and provides views to the gardens, and a staggered, landscaped garden wall, which separates the secure areas from the public spaces using a scale and texture appropriate to the residential streetscape.
The facility will be fully operational this month.
14 division police station in toronto by stantec