The 19,000 sq.ft., three storey, in-fill addition and 47,000 sq.ft. Interior renovation of the George Brown Chef School on Toronto’s Adelaide Street East transforms a 1980’s building into a showcase for innovation in culinary education. The €12.6 million project enables the college to expand its food and hospitality programs by as much as fifty per cent.
No longer confined to rear and basement kitchens, George Brown’s student chefs are visible in a culinary performance through a two-storey glass façade that exposes four kitchen “labs” to the street. The stainless steel on the workstations and ovens is accented by brightly-colored fume hoods and walls, sparkling lighting, lush herb gardens and plasma monitors that add a kinetic effect to the architecture as they project close-up views of food preparation. The street level views into the interiors of the kitchen labs provide the ultimate branding tool for the college.When the school is closed, horizontal strips of colored glass ensure that the façade provides an interesting counterpoint to the austere visual landscape.