The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) in Toronto has unveiled its Northern Dancer Pavilion, designed by local architect Ken Fukushima. The building, named for Canadian thoroughbred racehorse champion Northern Dancer, draws inspiration from the original architecture and landscape of CFC’s home at Windfields Estate, a former thoroughbred horse breeding farm.
Complementing the site’s existing heritage buildings through material selection, the steel pavilion is clad in Western red cedar and limestone on the north and south façades, while east and west glass walls preserved views of the pastures from the stone-clad Main House. When opened, the sliding glass wall on the west side integrates the courtyard and trellis to create a large gathering space.
Photo by Tom Sandler
“The Northern Dancer Pavilion is intended to be a place to embrace, encourage, and enable the creativity of the people and programs at CFC,” Fukushima said in a statement. “It's designed to respectfully integrate into CFC's magnificent campus and hopefully, like its namesake, the pavilion will be part of programs that produce unprecedented generations of talent.”
Drummond Hassan and the IBI Group Inc. translated Fukushima’s vision and design into architectural plans.