We are excited to share the first design of what the Tamil Community Centre could look like! Below is a module for you to learn more about the design and provide your feedback.
The pre-design study shows how 311 Staines Road can be used for a Tamil Community Centre, both the opportunities and the constraints.
We kept five guidelines in mind for the design: (1) programming space based on consultations, (2) commitments to the environment, (3) respect to Indigenous communities, (4) solutions to resident concerns, and (5) Tamil culture and history.
The design is inspired by traditional Tamil architecture (a central courtyard), the Tamil language and concepts from ancient Sangam poetry (landscape), and the Tamil people’s history of migration, refuge and asylum (a ship).
In this rendering facing northwest from the field. To provide local residents privacy, the part of the ship that is facing the homes in the neighbourhood will use an opaque material. This also allows people using the library, archives, and museum a quiet moment for reflection. As the ship goes from opaque to transparent material it faces the homelands, providing a symbolic gesture of people’s minds clearing as they look homeward. You see people on the green roof watching people playing on the field and taking in the beautiful sights of the Rouge National Urban Park. The keel of the ship is clearly visible.