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National Ballet School

Jarvis Street and Maitland Street, Toronto, Ontario


Jarvis Street and Maitland Street, Toronto, Ontario


National Ballet School



Project Team

Goldsmith Borgal Architects;
KPMB Architects


Urban Landscape Architecture


Ontario Associate of Architects Award of Excellence2010RAIC National Urban Design Award2008Governor General's Medal Award2008City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Award - Award of Excellence2007The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture2007Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Institutional B2006Toronto Construction Association - Best of the Best Award (Project Achievement - Large Project) Best of Canada Design Competition2006Pugly Award - Best in Show2006Heritage Toronto Award2006 View all award winning projects
Project Grand Jeté is a two-phased $90 million capital building expansion project of the National Ballet School. Phase 1 links the existing 297 seat Betty Oliphant Theatre on Jarvis Street to the newly designed Celia Franca Centre for dance training and the Margaret McCain Academic Building. The planting for both historic buildings and the existing Betty Oliphant Theatre is more in keeping with historic Edwardian period residential gardens rather than the simple palette of materials for the contemporary Studio Block main entry. Similar horizontal wood detailing and paving throughout the site serves to unify the various buildings and the dark black paving of the podium surrounding the Centre symbolizes the “stage” from which all activity at the ballet school is revolved. Phase 2 included the renovation of the existing historic buildings and the rebuild of the Maitland Street facilities into an expanded residence for the School.