Form, content and meaning in the Architecture Museum

What is architecture?

It is structure and mass. The permanent and immovable elements that, when joined, we come to read as buildings.

It is the containment of space. The capture and molding of the volume – vis­ible to us only through our senses.

It is the curation of experiences. An intervention unto the relationship of mass and void to carve out the setting for our everyday lives, be they functional or extravagant.

To me, architecture is all these things, and more. But, taking into account my per­sonal experience with the field - the people I’ve met, the things I’ve researched, the places I’ve been – I realized that these definitions neglect to highlight that architecture is a field founded on a wealth of knowledge, countless unglamorous hours of design­ing and revising, and a mass addiction to caffeine. And so, I propose the following:

Architecture as the result of its PROCESS.

The following building is a result of the spaces captured by an enclosing form. It’s purpose within the site is to adopt the existing listed church as a to-scale built mod­el for study, an legitimate artefact imbued with history, technical expertise in building and craftsmanship, and the containment of a grand space to host grand events. My approach thus far has been to leave the building with interventions occur­ring in unique spots and at varied levels made accessible to the public circulating throughout the space. The floor slabs and major concrete walls slice into it and each other to define, large and light spaces designed flexibly to host multiple purpos­es as demanded by the building’s ongoing use. The 3 above-ground levels host the most public and architectural-design-related elements and offer varied spatial experi­ences in terms of height and transparencies. As of now, it is effectively designed as a blank slate that encourages movement and discovery and can be made adaptable to the ever-changing and ever-progressing industry.

Alongside its intended use as a container for display of artefacts and installations of public interest, this proposed Museum of Architecture is designed as a “Centre for personal and professional growth that will promote Research, Debate and Discovery.”

A space for creation, inspiration, and play.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.