Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning

CompanyColbourne & Kembel, Architects Inc.
ClientTodd Colbourne
DesignerTodd Colbourne of Colbourne & Kembel Architects Inc., MMM Group, Greer Galloway Consulting Engineers, Andre Scheinman Heritage Preservation Consultant
Prize1st Place in Architecture Categories / Renovation
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Entry Description

The project was a complete renovation and recapitalization of a designated heritage industrial structure. Originally an 19th Century brewery & distillery, and later a military hospital for WWI vets, the building now houses over a dozen local artists and non-profit arts-based groups, including a dance school, art gallery, musical instrument lending library, potters guild, and weavers guild. Providing creative space for tenants, with opportunities for maximum interaction between artists and the public-at-large, the space has become a focus for arts in Kingston. The re-imagined mass of the original malting tower on the shore of Lake Ontario houses a spectacular assembly space where tenants and the public may gather to celebrate, educate, or perform. By retaining the history written in the masonry walls of the structure, we have added another chapter to the life of this excellent example of industrial heritage, and at the same time enriched the local artistic community.

About Designer

Our firm is dedicated to the principles of design excellence and full professional service. Architecture is by nature a business of innovative ideas. Every project is a unique new design that is a synthesis of the Owner and User needs in a built form that integrates with and enhances its context. A building project is a very complex process with a multitude of parties involved, and the architect is responsible for leading and orchestrating the entire building Team. The best recognition of CKA’s ability to successfully and innovatively lead the building process is the fact that the vast majority of our business is from a list of regular multi-repeat clients. We always strive to ensure that our projects create a positive and sustainable contribution to the environment.