St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts presents shortlisted designs for new building

CreateTO and TO Live have released the designs from the shortlisted competitors from the international design competition to reimagine the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (STLC). 

The landmark building, located at 27 Front St. East in the heart of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, was constructed by the City of Toronto as a Centennial project in 1970 and has played an important role in the evolution of the City’s cultural fabric.

Five (5) shortlisted teams, each of which includes an Indigenous design partner, were invited to develop a concept based on a detailed project design brief. Here are the designs from the five shortlisted design teams:


Brook McIlroy | Trahan Architects | Hood Design Studio


Diamond Schmitt Architects  | Smoke Architecture  | MVVA


Hariri Pontarini Architects | Tawaw Architecture Collective | Smoke Architecture | SLA


RDHA | Mecanoo | Two Row Architect | NAK Design Strategies


Zeidler Architecture | Diller Scofidio + Renfro | Two Row Architect | PLANT Architect

The design component of the process will be judged by a jury of leaders in the fields of planning, urban design, architecture, Indigenous design, and landscape architecture.

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, CreateTO and TO will host a public presentation of these design concepts. Until March 3, the shortlisted teams’ materials will be available at for public comments. Further comments from the public will be taken in person or online during the public presentation on March 7.