National Urban Design Awards — 2020 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

National Urban Design Awards — 2020 Recipient

Casey House
Award Category: 
Urban Architecture

Lead Firm: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Completion: November 2017

The renovation and extension to Casey House, a specialized healthcare facility for individuals with HIV/AIDS, meets the needs of patients and healthcare providers in a setting designed to evoke the experience and comforts of home. With a new Day Health Program servicing a roster of 200 registered clients and 14 new inpatient rooms, the addition brings much-needed space and modernized amenities to augment and renovate the heritage-designated Victorian mansion. The new structure embraces the existing building, preserving its qualities and organizing day-to-day user experience around a landscaped central courtyard.

Jury Comment(s): 

" It was unanimously agreed that Casey House (Toronto) best met the criteria for this category—which is—a building or a group of buildings of high architectural standard which achieves urban design excellence through the relationship with its surroundings."

"Urban designers often face the challenge of adding to heritage buildings. This project enhances the existing building and preserves its specific qualities while choreographing spaces around a new landscaped central garden court. It respects a long tradition of public buildings as monumental, 'foreground' structures."

"Casey House is an extremely well-executed, carefully calibrated piece of urban architecture. The massing, volumetric articulation, and placement of materials are especially well thought through. This achieves a rare balance between the respectful foregrounding of a small-scale building with a distinct overall new identity. The conceptual parti is communicated and not overstated. Use of a small vegetated screen on the north elevation complement the window modulation nicely and significantly adds to the street cohesion."

Jury members

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Heritage Photo of Grey Lady


North Elevation at Dusk

PHOTO: Doublespace Photography

Main Floor Gathering Space

PHOTO: Doublespace Photography

Courtyard During Daytime

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Northwest View

PHOTO: Doublespace Photography

AIDS Memorial Quilt