Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

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Umbra World Headquarters

Kohn Shnier Architects

Toronto, Ontario


About the building:

Architects: Kohn Shnier Architects, Toronto
Structural Engineer:
Blackwell-Bowick, Toronto
Interior Designers: Figure 3

The Umbra Headquarters was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2000 City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards. Other awards include an ID Award of Excellence as well as An OAA Award of excellence as well as an OAA Plachta Award for best project in Ontario in that award year. It is the only Canadian project chosen for the international compendium Architecture Now! Volume 2.

For more information, visit http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/auda/awards2.htm#6

East facade of the building at parking lot.
Facade facing south and a major highway.

Entry canopy.

View beneath the plastic lens shading screen
View along side of building showing shading screen.
Curved standalone screen enclosing workers outside courtyard space.
Sunlight coming through courtyard screen element in late afternoon.
Detail of the back side of the freestanding screen.
End view of the freestanding screen.

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last updated April 10, 2006