Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization, has selected Quadrangle to design the interiors of its new arts-focused entrepreneurship facility, Artscape Launchpad.
Located on the fourth level of the Daniels City of Arts development in Toronto’s burgeoning East Bayfront, Quadrangle’s 30,000-square-foot fit-out will be the flagship for the prototype concept. The space will add to the traditional Artscape model of giving artists and makers studios in which to work by adding elements to the facil ity to learn the skills to be founders of strong, viable businesses.
Scheduled to open in 2018, Artscape Launchpad will help generate economic activity through its entrepreneurial training program and diverse mix of maker spaces. Quadrangle’s design will show that a simple, well-conceived and impactful concept can facilitate innovation. The light-filled, accessible, and tech-enabled interiors will bridge between various maker industries and the broader business community — especially as the location at City of Arts positions the makers and artists within the emerging creative education and technology hub in the East Bayfront. The community also includes the new George Brown Campus, Quadrangle-designed Corus Entertainment at Corus Quay and the Waterfront Innovation Centre.
“Our experience working on the interior design of a new centre for creative sector entrepreneurship has been extraordinary. 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,” said Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape.
“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.”