Space Transformation Project

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Client

    University Health Network

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2020

  • Size

    40,666 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) Space Transformation Project is a complete overhaul of PMCC’s ground floor, as well as some staff work areas. HPA’s approach to the Transformation Project is to prioritize the patient experience; emphasizing that the patients are at the centre of their individual treatment plans and are partners in their care. Beautiful, uplifting spaces will empower patients and their families through the use of light, landscape, art, and materials.


With multiple entrances and passageways, navigating the existing ground floor was a challenge as a result of additions and changes made on an as-needed basis over time. HPA’s design will enhance wayfinding and allow for effortless navigation through the new, open concept space. The ground floor of PMCC is where the journey toward healing begins. The warm and welcoming environment will be a restorative setting for patients’ care, with dignified, de-institutionalized spaces conveying the level of personalized care that Princess Margaret delivers. Amenities and services will support their various needs and create an environment where a person could comfortably spend the day. 

Project Facts

  • Client

    University Health Network

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2020

  • Size

    40,666 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

Recent Press

“Care is not one moment, it is a thousand little moments” –Siamak Hariri

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“Care is not one moment, it is a thousand little moments” –Siamak Hariri

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Physical Model Studies

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Physical Model Studies

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Spaces are organized with meaningful adjacencies, making wayfinding intuitive and efficient. Patients will be able to navigate with purpose, yet find quiet spaces for rest and reflection. Its curves create intimate nooks to meet or relax.

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Spaces are organized with meaningful adjacencies, making wayfinding intuitive and efficient. Patients will be able to navigate with purpose, yet find quiet spaces for rest and reflection. Its curves create intimate nooks to meet or relax.

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The main entrances will be enhanced, elevating the institution’s street presence and providing accessible entry. Regrading, recladding, landscaping, and the addition of glass vestibules at the entry areas will make arrival inviting and accessible.

The main entrances will be enhanced, elevating the institution’s street presence and providing accessible entry. Regrading, recladding, landscaping, and the addition of glass vestibules at the entry areas will make arrival inviting and accessible.

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“To step into Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) is to be embraced by an unexpected intimacy” – Stefan Novakovik


“To step into Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) is to be embraced by an unexpected intimacy” – Stefan Novakovik


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The patient-centered design will set a new global standard in healthcare hospitality, providing communal gathering spaces and featured amenities that allow patients to feel at home in the space.

The patient-centered design will set a new global standard in healthcare hospitality, providing communal gathering spaces and featured amenities that allow patients to feel at home in the space.

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Enabling visitors to manage themselves where possible, accessibility is supported by ensuring that spaces conform to current accessibility standards. The fluidity of the space will make tangible the intimacy, warmth, and dignified atmosphere of PMCC, and help visitors to orient themselves as they move through the space.

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Enabling visitors to manage themselves where possible, accessibility is supported by ensuring that spaces conform to current accessibility standards. The fluidity of the space will make tangible the intimacy, warmth, and dignified atmosphere of PMCC, and help visitors to orient themselves as they move through the space.