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03. Mongrel Media

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 2004
1550sf
Siamak Hariri, Partner-in-Charge

Located in the heart of Toronto’s emerging Queen Street West arts district, Mongrel Media Inc. is part of a larger project housing two related spaces: the Stephen Bulger Gallery and Camera. Housed in a turn-of-the-century building, the former hardware store was gutted and restored to combine selectively preserved, original features – tin ceilings, a brick exterior and an original fireplace. These elements are complimented by contemporary interventions including a lead-coated copper canopy, oak and limestone flooring, teak and oak windows. Two spaces occupy the ground floor: Camera to the west and the Stephen Bulger Gallery of photography to the east. Mongrel Media’s film distribution offices are on the second floor. Synergies between the three occupants are supported architecturally. A sense of unity, playful symmetry, and consistent materials and colour run between all of the spaces. Camera’s formal entrance is shared with Mongrel Media; it gives visitors a suggestive glimpse of the staircase to the private offices above.

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