Limberlost Place, George Brown College’s new mass-timber building, short-listed for prestigious 2022 World Architecture Festival Award and Winner of WAFX Award

Limberlost Place is George Brown College’s 10-storey mass-timber building currently under construction at Waterfront Campus. Slated to open in Summer 2024, Limberlost Place will be a net-zero carbon emissions building. It continues to amass recognition, accolades, and a list of prestigious awards from across the globe. 

Recently, it was announced that Limberlost Place has been both short-listed for a 2022 World Architecture Festival Award in the category of Future Project: Education, as well as being one of 20 winners of the special WAFX Award. The WAFX Award celebrates international projects that embrace cutting-edge design approaches and address major world issues ranging from the climate crisis to fostering community resilience. 

Limberlost Place is designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects Inc

“Our entire design team is grateful for George Brown College’s vision and commitment to realize this first-of its-kind in the world assembly occupancy tall, exposed mass timber, net-zero carbon emissions building and we are thrilled to have been recognized by the WAF awards program,” said Carol Phillips, Moriyama & Teshima Architects. “We look forward to presenting our scheme to the jurors in December.” 

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the world’s largest architecture festival with awards dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence. WAF is the only architecture festival where the finalists present their projects live to the judges and audience. The event is attended by global architects, interior designers, developers, funders, contractors, and trade media from across the industry.  

Representatives from each of the 20 short-listed finalists, including Limberlost Place, will present live onstage at WAF in Lisbon from November 30 to December 2, 2022, where the overall 2022 WAFX Award winner will be announced. 

Limberlost Place is the pinnacle for sustainable and green building innovation in Canada. At 225,000 square feet, Limberlost Place is truly ‘Made in Canada’, with all mass wood components being sourced nationally. The design provides generous spaces focused on wellbeing and sustainability. The building form and façade are shaped to maximize access to natural light and fresh air. Two solar chimneys located on the east and west facades will be used to create a sustainable system of natural convection, drawing air up and through the building from operable windows.  

Limberlost Place will be the first institutional building of its kind in Ontario, as George Brown College continues to proudly play a key role in the revitalization of Toronto’s burgeoning East Waterfront community. 

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