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Canadian Architect: Lebel & Bouliane unveil new HQ for Sidewalk Labs Toronto
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From Canadian Architect: "Lebel & Bouliane has re-interpreted the interior of a forgotten fish processing plant in Toronto’s Portlands into the new headquarters of Sidewalk Labs in Toronto. The new HQ, dubbed “307,” will act as a testing grounds for new Sidewalk Labs initiatives and an office space for their Toronto team.

The project benefits from the intentions of the original processing plant, which was designed to optimize light and spatial efficiency. A large south-facing clerestory window, tall ceilings and a remarkably open floor plan are ideal for Sidewalk Labs’ need for flexible experimentation and exploration space. Before adding new geometry, Lebel & Bouliane carefully peeled back the decades of modern renovations to reveal and express the original character of the fish processing plant. With the original industrial structure exposed, the architects set out to purposefully and conscientiously weave a series of humble, modern forms into the character of the existing building."

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Blog TO: Sidewalk Labs just Opened its Doors to Toronto's Neighbourhood of the Future.
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From Blog TO: "Once a fish processing plant, the sprawling headquarters benefit from plenty of natural light and high ceilings — exactly what you'd expect a Google-affiliated space to look like. 

Employees of Sidewalk Labs will have their offices on the second floor of the building, while the first floor reserves some space for meeting areas and a reception. The main attraction of 307, however, is its interactive space, where all the demonstrations will take place. 

The real goal of the space is prototyping: new inventions and ideas for Quayside will eventually be tested out at 307 to gauge reactions from the public. A 'feedback wall' full of sticky notes will let the Sidewalk Labs team know how users felt about the experience. "

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Azure Magazine: Inside 307, Sidewalk Toronto's Experimental Hub
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Azure Magazine has written an article about all the innovative things to explore at 307, Sidewalk Labs' New Toronto HQ, Designed by Lebel & Bouliane. 

From Azure Magazine:

"Dynamic streets, outdoor comfort zones, tall timber buildings, digital electricity and more. We stepped inside Sidewalk Labs’ 307, a newly opened prototyping space, to find out what the future of Toronto’s most anticipated (and not quite green-lit) development might look like.

Since the announcement late last year that Sidewalk Labs would develop a proposal for a chunk of Toronto’s Port Lands, the Alphabet/Google entity has hosted many roundtables, panel discussions and info sessions. This community engagement has been a proactive way of showing the city and its residents how transparent its smart-city enterprise is and will be – and of assuaging concerns about how data will be collected and personal privacy protected – and emphasizing the importance of community feedback and collaboration. But concrete details were scarce about the still-tentative project (Sidewalk Labs has been invited by Waterfront Toronto to present a plan but the city will still need to green light it) and many have struggled to visualize what Toronto’s smart city on a 12-acre L-shaped chunk of waterfront property would look like.

That changed this past weekend when Sidewalk Labs opened 307, its Lakeshore Blvd. E. hub, and shared with the public the tangible ideas it’s exploring in partnership with numerous architecture, planning, and technology firms. Over 1,000 locals dropped in to the space (designed by Lebel & Bouliane) to once again provide feedback, take in talks and participate in workshops; this time, they were also able to see and interact with physical prototypes of buildings, technologies and infrastructure." 

Read more here: https://www.azuremagazine.com/article/sidewalk-labs-307/

Our Host Installation is up!

Come check out our host exhibit window installation at our offices on 1259 Dundas Street West.  Julia Campbell-Such and Carey Jernigan's installation for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival will be up until January 24th. It runs 24 hours every day this week and is on Design Lines Top 100 list for the festival. 

The Toronto Offsite Festival Starts in 1 Week
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Come and join us for 7 days of wonderful and thought-provoking design exhibitions throughout some of Toronto most creative neighbourhoods — starting January 18th and running to the 24th.

Architects LB is proud to support the Toronto Design Offsite Festival through our own year-round volunteerism, and playing host to Julia Campbell-Such and Carey Jernigan's special exhibit entitled "Pattern for Gartshore and Gowie".  

Are you looking to volunteer for the festival in 2017? Email Natasha Lebel, Chair, at natasha @ todesignoffsite.com or visit the festival's website for more information on volunteerism

Exhibit Opening: Twenty + Change
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It was a full house last Thursday at the opening of the Twenty + Change: Next Generation exhibit.  The Relmar House[s] were featured at the exhibit as was the beautifully designed and edited catalog (available at Amazon.ca) spearheaded by Heather Dubbledam and Lola Sheppard. Read more about the exhibit and exhibitors at AZURE.  Twenty + Change runs until February 6 at the Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond St., Toronto.