SparkWorks was designed to spark ideas for Site 3 CoLaboratory, a member-run maker space in downtown Toronto. The new structure is a community gathering space, classroom, gallery, event space, wood and welding workshop. A hollow core with a large lightwell places focus on vertical circulation between program areas. Ample glazing between spaces creates visibility for easy collaboration. A two-storey mixed metal shelving unit provides display space for member work. Feature lighting and pops of chartreuse yellow express ideas in a state of transmission. Garage doors from the workshop open to a sunken basement facing Frank Kovac Lane to attract passersby.
This project proposes to fill some of Toronto's "missing middle" housing problem. The "missing middle" describes housing types that are now uncommon in our landscape: duplexes, rowhomes, and courtyard apartments. Site 3 would occupy the basement and first two-storeys, while four residential units would sit above.
Current site of Guan's Auto Shop, 283 Harbord St, Toronto, Ontario