After hiring Toronto firms SvN and ERA to revamp the Wellington Destructor — an abandoned garbage incinerator with Romanesque arches and ruddy brickwork — developer TAS asked the architects to brainstorm possible uses for the site. They in turn settled on a design that includes a performance space, lecture hall, café and winter garden. The concept may lack obvious cohesion, but that’s the point: To allow for synergy, the venue can’t be over-programmed, as cultural spaces in the city so often are. Soon, a building that once housed flaming piles of trash will be lit up by the spark of creativity.
Team Sam Dufaux and Drew Sinclair with Fraser Plaxton, Jade Manbodh and Calli Mingopoulos (SvN); Annabel Vaughan and Michael McClelland (ERA); Marc Ryan and Laura Ettedgui (Public Work); Jamie Dabner (Integral Group); Paddy Harrington (Frontier)
Soon, a Toronto building that once housed flaming piles of trash will be lit up by the spark of creativity.