August 19, 2005
by Canadian Architect
Toronto’s Design Exchange (DX) is pleased to present Schots 1 + 2: an exhibition by S333, an award-winning work of urban design from the Netherlands-based firm Architecture + Urbanism. This exhibit will be on display to the public in the DX Ground Floor lobby from August 25th until September 18th at 234 Bay Street in downtown Toronto.
The firm S333: Architecture + Urbanism is a highly innovative and multi-disciplinary design practice located since 1997 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since then the office has grown, having being awarded a number of projects in the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Singapore and Norway.
Schots 1 + 2 is a mixed-use residential project that was the winning entry in a mid-1990s urban design competition organized by Europan to chart the redevelopment of a site in the historic centre of Groningen, the Netherlands. The mid-rise high-density project comprises 145 dwelling units in a mixture of types and sizes and 4,500 square metres of commercial space, including two supermarkets, caf and shops, plus a children’s playground and underground parking for 300 cars. The residential blocks give shelter to winter gardens; their roofs support community gardens. Completed in 2003, Schots 1 + 2 exemplifies how an informed and integrated approach to the making of architecture and urbanism can result in a more livable and sustainable city.
The exhibit will also be shown from September 22-23 at IIDEX, Canada’s Largest Exposition and Conference for the Design, Construction and Management of the Built Environment. In concert with this exhibition, Chris Moller of S333 will give a free public lecture on September 22 at 6:00 pm at Ryerson University’s Architecture Building located at 325 Church Street in Toronto.