ARTSCAPE WYCHWOOD BARNS

Toronto, Ontario

Project

Originally built in 1913, Wychwood Barns began as a TTC streetcar maintenance facility. It has since been transformed into a vibrant community centre under the guidance of Artscape.

Entro developed a brand identity and wayfinding system that incorporates and respects the site’s heritage, but also signals the building's new purpose.

Each barn is designated with a different colour, and the bands of five colours are used in rings on the smokestack of the first barn, proudly announcing the reborn facility to the wider community.

The identifying colours are also used in the visual identity and throughout the wayfinding system. Big bold numbers over the gates of the barns serve as reminders of when the spaces served a utilitarian function.

A collection of historical images embedded within the signage program tells the story of Wychwood’s heritage.

A unique donor recognition program pays tribute to corporate and individual contributions.

Artscape Wychwood Barns uses green technology and is the first heritage building in Toronto to achieve LEED certification.

SERVICE:
BRANDING, WAYFINDING, PLACEMAKING, DONOR RECOGNITION
AWARDS:
DESIGN EDGE AWARD, CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM CHARTER AWARD