Bloor-Bathurst Cultural Centre: We belong in the City

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    Exterior Render
    Dani Grabke
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    Floor Plan
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    Sectional Perspective
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    Elevation
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    Exterior Render
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Dani Grabke
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The demolition of Honest Ed's formed a cultural void in the Bloor and Bathurst neighbourhood. Many heritage stores and galleries, which were once community hubs, were forced to relocate due to rising rents. While performing arts centres are public buildings, the steep ticket prices form a barrier-to-entry for most. The Bloor-Bathurst Cultural Centre bridges this gap to make professional music and dance culture more accessible. The transparent facade at the street level allows passersby to freely spectate dance rehearsals. The building consists of an auditorium and four rehearsal studios for musicians and dancers. Public seating and meeting spaces wrap the auditorium, leading up to the main café on the fifth floor. The cascading arrangement of the floor plates provides varying spaces of respite from the city's commotion. Whether it's university students looking for a place to study or an old couple getting a coffee, the centre invites the public to be a part of the city once again.