Here is another old building that underwent a makeover. This time it is an old brick factory over at Toronto which is now the headquarters for Evergreen Foundation. The project was christened as the Evergreen Brick Works where Diamond Schmidtt Architects took the lead in the said transformation.
The new building is now called the Centre for Green Cities, a LEED platinum-designed building that will house event spaces and classrooms on the ground level and additional classrooms on the second floor.
To get it done, the team behind it focused on how to minimize energy loss. This was all done when the team made use of a green and white roof that will help insulate and reflect the sun. A high efficiency mechanical system incorporates solar chimneys, natural cooling, heat recovery and radiant heating.
The Brick Works project now includes educational programs for children and adults, a farmers’ market, a plant nursery, an adjoining park and wildlife habitat, an open-air industrial museum, and offices for Evergreen and like-minded organizations.