Brampton is located in the center of the Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor – the second largest information and communication cluster in North America. The new Brampton Centre of Innovation will replace the existing Four Corners Public Library, and will house various uses, including an academic library for Ryerson University, a new central public library, and cultural spaces, among others. As such, the Centre will serve as a significant public space to bring the community together and enhance synergies among its users. The Centre of Innovation will also contribute to the City’s ambition of recreating its downtown into a sustainable, walkable, bike-friendly, and thriving urban city center.
Six architectural teams were selected among 18 initial submissions to advance to the next stage in the procurement process. In addition to Henning Larsen (Denmark) and IBI Group Architects (Toronto), other shortlisted teams are ZAS Architects (Toronto) and Foster + Partners (London, UK), Perkins+Will Architecture (Toronto) and Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Denmark), Teeple Architects (Toronto) and B+H Architects (Toronto), Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto), and Diamond Schmitt Architects (Toronto).
The final selection is expected to be made and announced later in 2018.