Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel

Scarborough, Ontario

The Salvation Army



Faced with burgeoning growth in its Scarborough district, the Salvation Army lacked the funds to build a new facility to house its community programs, worship facilities and regional administration centre.

SvN identified an opportunity whereby the Salvation Army could, by adding residential units to the mixed-use development, access provincial housing funding.

The result was a new church containing a 480-seat sanctuary, gymnasium, Sunday School, and Army administrative offices, along with 158 units of non-profit housing. The two components – church and housing – are distinctive but harmonious elements within the site. The church, located on the street corner, is organized along a double height hall that connects the street entrance with a drop-off at the rear. Housing is accessed via a separate pavilion. Units are organized in a simple, double-loaded slab above the plaza, straddling the church and entrance pavilion. Street-facing units have large sunrooms to buffer traffic noise and units to the south have continuous balconies. An enclosed bridge enables the apartments to use shared facilities.

The project received a Canadian Architect Magazine Award of Excellence.

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