Alliance Française de Toronto

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Client

    Alliance Française de Toronto

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2019

  • Size

    11,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

The addition and renovation undertaken by Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) is being delivered in two phases on a tight budget, concurrent with a full programme schedule. Phase I opened to the public in 2014, adding a wing at the rear of the existing Victorian era building to contain teaching and performance space. The second phase will enhance AFT’s public presence and relationship to the street through a new front entrance on Spadina Road and a small reception space adjoining the existing building to the south. When complete, the expansion will add 11,000 square feet to the building.


Programmatically, Phase I includes a 147-seat performance space at ground level, two floors containing eight classrooms, an elevator and new mechanical systems. Full-height operable windows naturally light and ventilate the second and third floor classrooms. A curved cedar and copper wall at street level indicates the location of the multi-purpose performance space. In addition to the new entrance and reception, Phase II will provide the institution with a gallery, second floor meeting room, café and library, and renovated infrastructure throughout.

Project Facts

  • Client

    Alliance Française de Toronto

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2019

  • Size

    11,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

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Textured, curved wood highlights the new cultural space, while copper and glass anchors and adds transparency to the upper classroom floor.

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Textured, curved wood highlights the new cultural space, while copper and glass anchors and adds transparency to the upper classroom floor.

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A new 147-seat, multi-purpose performance centre and eight added classrooms contribute greatly to the AFT’s goals of delivering quality programming, while promoting French culture and language to the global population.

A new 147-seat, multi-purpose performance centre and eight added classrooms contribute greatly to the AFT’s goals of delivering quality programming, while promoting French culture and language to the global population.

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Phase II included the integration of a new front entrance and improvements to the historic, Victorian-style red brick face fronting onto Spadina.

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Phase II included the integration of a new front entrance and improvements to the historic, Victorian-style red brick face fronting onto Spadina.

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