|Our program defines our spaces|
Our academic programming is unique and so must be the spaces that bring it to life. How can new spaces meet our needs now while reinventing teaching and learning for the next generation? This question has been at the centre of our reasoning since 2017, when we started to envision a Master Campus Plan that would physically lay out the future of what education stands for at TFS. Our future spaces are designed to break boundaries and allow innovative ways of teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom, as well as to facilitate gathering and exchanges.
A reflection of our school’s heritage and culture
Including 26 acres of the Don Valley ravine, our Toronto campus is an urban gem connecting us to nature and reminding us that others preceded us on this land. Recognizing this legacy and our responsibility to it, the designs embrace the natural world and our access to it. Gathering spaces, hallways and classes will open up to the ravine on the north side. At the same time, the building will settle quietly next to the three former mansions that are an integral and historical part of the campus, while also bringing a sense of modernity.
Strengthen the sense of place
Separated into four branches, our school has never had a centre, a meeting place where we can all gather no matter your child’s Grade or Level or what branch they are attending. Thus connecting the three former mansions (Senior School, 306 administrative building and Junior School) on the Toronto campus became fundamental to this project. Through connections, interior and exterior pathways, the feeling of continuity between the buildings, and the journey of our TFS students that this pathway represents, will be strongly reinforced, with the future auditorium as the focal point where we can come together school-wide.
Sustainability and accessibility
The new buildings will make use of materials that minimize the production of greenhouse gases during their manufacturing process and will create a healthy environment once installed. Critically, they will meet or exceed current building standards (LEED) and will meet Toronto’s green standards. For instance, our windows will be triple glazed (three layers of glass) and we will incorporate a storm water damage management system. We will have a strategically located green roof and will make use of photovoltaics (solar panels). The designs will also remedy the accessibility issues at the 306 building.