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Architects And Artist Team Up To Create Creative Student Housing Façade Inspired By The Tree Of Knowledge

The Quad, ARK Architecture, Toronto, ON, ALPOLIC, Photography Exterior Technologies Group, Photography Michael Muraz

The Quad student residences at York University is a recently completed student housing community. The project, which consists of two mid-rise buildings, sits on the south side of Pond Road, east of Sentinel Road. The Quad was designed to meet a distinct need for student housing, the university historically has fewer on-campus options given its enrollment. Additionally, the surrounding area features an abundance of industrial and commercial properties, making off-campus housing difficult as well.

The Quad, ARK Architecture, Toronto, ON, ALPOLIC, Photography Exterior Technologies Group, Photography Michael Muraz
Photography ©Michael Muraz courtesy of Exterior Technologies Group

The Quad was designed with an urban feel featuring street-level shopping and restaurants with suite-style student housing above. As the project architects at ARK describe, “Accommodating 800+ students on the university’s main campus challenges the commuter campus paradigm and significantly decreases automobile dependency. Building siting and density establish a sustainable transit-oriented compact infrastructure. Alternative transportation is actively supported by a robust walking/cycling infrastructure, weather-protected secure bicycle parking, bike wash and repair services.”

The Quad, ARK Architecture, Toronto, ON, ALPOLIC, Photography Exterior Technologies Group, Photography Michael Muraz
Photography ©Michael Muraz courtesy of Exterior Technologies Group

The building is enveloped in over 100,000 square-feet of ALPOLIC/fr aluminum composite material. Interestingly, the panels are a canvas for artwork completed by Nicolas Baier. Baier explains, “The artwork for York University represents a network, a weaving, branching system that simultaneously evokes references to ivy league university buildings and to cutting edge scientific research, performed within these same campuses. The artwork takes its inspiration from a classic tree structure that evokes the great tradition of knowledge institutions.”

The images were incised into the panels which helps reveal the aluminum beneath the black coated metal. The ALPOLIC/fr panels are enriched with Lumiflon FEVE resin technology. Metal cladding coated with Lumiflon fluoropolymer technology achieves a plethora of benefits including longer life cycles, reduced costs, higher gloss ranges and unparalleled weatherability.

Photography ©Michael Muraz courtesy of Exterior Technologies Group

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