Campus One Student Residence gives 900 students a downtown campus experience

Campus One Student Residence gives 900 students a downtown campus experience

The privately funded and operated Campus One facility is a newer model of post-secondary student accommodation. It addresses both a need for improved living standards and affordable housing for students, while removing the burden of managing their operation from post-secondary institutions.

Interior Designer: Bryan Chartier, ARIDO

Design Firm: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Photographer: Lisa Logan

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Photographer: Lisa Logan

A key challenge was to create greater opportunities for students to interact with each other in a large facility and to foster a closer sense of community. The building design accommodates 24 to 36 students per floor, with 900 students in total. A live-in don is present on each floor and is a mentor and resource for students. Individual private student rooms are organized into two and four-bed apartments with living rooms, and one shared washroom per two bedrooms. The building also includes percentage of apartments available for staff who support the operations of the residence.

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Photographer: Lisa Logan

An eight-metre-long cantilevered welcome desk greets arrivals and serves as security point. On the second floor, a student services desk doubles as an additional security point and extends to become bleacher-style seating for informal gathering. The main corridor is bordered by a series of custom seating boxes with integrated power outlets to charge laptops and phones and integrate tackable surfaces for campus/residence posters. Behind the seating boxes is a fireside lounge, games area, and a collaborative learning centre.

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Photographer: Lisa Logan

Custom solid wood banquettes in the 250-seat dining area delineate the space and commissioned art serves to orient many newcomers to the city with a stylized map of Toronto.

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Photographer: Lisa Logan

The tower contains the residential suites and individual rooms. Each floor has an amenity space that includes kitchenettes, theatre rooms, games rooms, workout rooms, study rooms, meeting rooms, Lego/play rooms, lounges, and mediation rooms. On the top floor, students have a stunning south facing view of the downtown core.

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