Quadrangle Architects has been selected to design the interiors of Artscape Launchpad, an arts-focused entrepreneurship facility for Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization.
Artscape Launchpad, located on the fourth level of the Daniels City of Arts development on Toronto’s Easy Bayfront, will be the 30,000 square-foot flagship of the concept building. The space will provide artists with studios where they can work by adding elements to the facility to learn how to be founders of strong businesses through the entrepreneurial training program.
Artscape Launchpad’s training program and various artist spaces will help generate economic activity while Quadrangle’s design aims to help foster innovation. The space will be light-filled, accessible and tech-enabled, creating a bridge between diverse industries and the larger business community. In addition, the location on Toronto’s East Bayfront, close to the new George Brown Campus, the Quadrangle-designed Corus Entertainment campus at Corus Quay and the Waterfront Innovation Centre, allows the City of Arts to be a part of the evolving creative education and technology hub in the area.
“Our experience working on the interior design of a new centre for creative sector entrepreneurship has been extraordinary,” said Tim Jones, Artscape CEO, in a press release. “The team is creative and collaborative and has been a joy to work with. They have also brought a wealth of technical knowledge to the table without which our project could easily go awry. We couldn’t be happier with our choice of Quadrangle.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Artscape on the Launchpad project,” said Quadrangle principal and project lead Caroline Robbie. “Encouraging creatives and working with arts organizations are important to our work as a studio. We can’t wait to see what new ideas, businesses and products are developed out of the Launchpad in years to come.”
Artscape Launchpad is slated to open in 2018.