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Seneca College Odeyto Indigenous Centre

CompanyGow Hastings Architects
Lead DesignersPhilip Hastings - Partner-in-Charge
Design TeamValerie Gow - Interior Design Lead, Jim Burkitt - Design Director, Graham Bolton - Project Architect,
Project LocationToronto, Canada
ClientSeneca College
CreditsPhotos by: Tom Arban
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Institutional
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Entry Description

Odeyto provides a safe and recognizable home for students at Seneca College. Often, students leave their home communities and travel to unknown landscapes to pursue their education. Odeyto (Anishinaabe for ‘good journey’) reflects and acknowledges this. The addition and renovation was inspired by a canoe pulling up to a dock — stopping to gather knowledge before continuing on life’s journey. The addition is “docked” alongside the contrasting rigid lines of the existing precast concrete building. As the only organic curvilinear building on campus, the “canoe” breaks away from the colonial grid.