Centennial College Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation

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  • Centennial College

The new Downsview Park Aerospace Campus adaptively reuses one of the most remarkable sites in Canadian aviation history. A building that was once the center of aviation manufacturing and design is transformed into an innovative learning institution. In celebrating the rich history of the site, the new facility introduces a bold graphics strategy that chronicles the site’s extensive past while looking to its reimagined future.

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The new Downsview Park Aerospace Campus adaptively reuses one of the most remarkable sites in Canadian aviation history. A building that was once the center of aviation manufacturing and design is transformed into an innovative learning institution.

In celebrating the rich history of the site, the new facility introduces a bold graphics strategy that chronicles the site’s extensive past while looking to its reimagined future.

At a site and building scale, the tradition of “signing” the aircraft hangar from the air has been reprised, marking the new hangar with the Centennial College logo as a “green roof sign.” Stainless steel linear inlays, from sidewalk to building, are provided in the site’s hardscaping to annotate chronological campaigns of building addition and demolition throughout the extensive modifications dating back to 1929.

A translucent canopy that renders Centennial College’s logo in glass defines a bold new entry. The canopy is accompanied by a heritage interpretive graphic wall that runs along the primary entrance elevation. The outward face recollects the most prominent plane once manufactured in the facility, immediately connecting users to the site’s storied past through a graphic. The inverse of the graphic wall forms an information exhibit on the building’s history.

Interior graphics take cues from colors, symbols, and patterns commonly found in aviation manufacturing, runway graphics, and airport wayfinding. A large crane in the main hangar establishes the yellow color used throughout the facility’s graphic treatment. Upon entry the user is greeted by marine-grade coated floor markings in a yellow diagonal cross hatch pattern leading to a freestanding directional monolith. The floor markings continue throughout the facility, with each treatment directing users to wall-mounted informational signage. A series of bespoke pictograms were created for room signs.

In the main lobby, a large wind rose graphic has been inlayed into the existing floor as a marine grade coating application. The stylized graphic takes its cue from the wind rose meteorological graphic tool.

The lobby also displays dimensional donor signage as circular tubes, paralleling those found on an aircraft control board.

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy / Doublespace Photography

Entry Ramp with Inverse of Heritage Interpretive Graphic Wall featuring Building History Timeline / Glass Canopy Detail

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy

Main Hangar Signage

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy

Main Directory Signage / Lobby and Student Social Lounge with Views into Main Hangar

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy

Donor Wall

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy

Directional Signage / Heritage Mural

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy

Custom Room Signage

Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy

Electrical Lab Environmental Graphics: Control Panel / Hangar B Environmental Graphics: Global Fleet / Custom Room Signage and Heritage Mural

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Centennial College Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation

Primary Building Entrance featuring Heritage Interpretive Graphic Wall and Glass Canopy

Entry Ramp with Inverse of Heritage Interpretive Graphic Wall featuring Building History Timeline / Glass Canopy Detail

Main Hangar Signage

Main Directory Signage / Lobby and Student Social Lounge with Views into Main Hangar

Donor Wall

Directional Signage / Heritage Mural

Custom Room Signage

Electrical Lab Environmental Graphics: Control Panel / Hangar B Environmental Graphics: Global Fleet / Custom Room Signage and Heritage Mural