Royal St. George’s College – Chapel Renovations

Category
Heritage, Places of Worship
About This Project
Location

Toronto, Ontario
 
Commissioned to modernize the Royal St. George’s College Chapel, the design team at the studio, in association with Les Andrew of Andrew Incorporated Architect, designed a brighter and more functional space while preserving the historic nature of the chapel. Upgrades to the choir areas included the replacement of historic pews and a new platformed stage areas for services and community performances. The space is re-energized with the detailed refurbishment of heritage chandeliers and a new gallery entrance, which vastly improves accessibility into the chapel.
 
The project initially involved the development of a Master Plan, in association with Les Andrew and Anthony Kemp of Andrew Bogdan Kemp Architects, and program development and phasing strategies to achieve short and long-term goals for new program spaces and exterior circulation/drop-off improvements.  The new spaces needed to be accommodated within the campus’s restricted site, address additions to a historically designated structure; and, satisfy the demands of a highly involved neighbourhood association and conscientious building committee. New program spaces were also designed to wrap an existing 1970’s concrete addition and create a covered walkway and bright sunlit rooms facing residential streets and a public park. Additions to the existing private school included a choir room, a fitness room, a playing field, a gymnasium, a drama room and a chapel entry, and was designed by the firm in association with Les Andrew and Anthony Kemp of Andrew Bogdan Kemp Architects.