Daniels Spectrum

“Diamond Schmitt have shown a tremendous ability to listen carefully to the needs of all participants throughout a very complex process, adapting to challenging and novel situations as they arise.”

Mitchell Cohen, President, Daniels Corporation

How do you break down misconceptions and introduce new communities to a neighborhood in transition?

You build something worth visiting.

The story of Regent Park is one of re-connecting and re-activating an urban fabric to re-build a community and establish a socially integrated urban space. Daniels Spectrum is a particularly vivid illustration of that story. The centerpiece of a $1.7 billion dollar renewal of Canada’s largest public housing project in downtown Toronto, Daniels Spectrum brings together community-based arts and cultural groups and provides professional performance, rehearsal, learning and social enterprise space where none previously existed.

The seven grassroots artistic groups that are tenants in the center were all involved in the design of their customized space. Daniels Spectrum’s multi-coloured facade panels take inspiration from the cultural richness and diversity of the community. With a graphic derived from the colours of the flags of the world, the facility projects an identity as both an inclusive space for creative endeavor and a new city landmark for performance. Programming from the building is encouraged to spill out onto the wide terrace and adjacent sidewalks.

As an amenity space for the community, Daniels Spectrum has become a cultural hub for the new Regent Park with a 310-seat main theatre, a 120-seat black box theatre, multi-purpose spaces, and arts and education spaces for seven community arts organizations. In bringing these groups together under the same roof, new collaborations are being fostered and a new level of professionalism infuses performance, learning and enterprise bringing forth transformative social and cultural change.

Client Daniels Corporation
Completion 12/04/2012
Sustainability LEED Silver Certified


Photography Lisa Logan, Garrison McArthur Photographers


Awards See all project awards
2016 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence
2016 Ontario Association of Architects – Design Excellence Finalist
2015 Environmental Design Research Association – Great Places Award
2015 Civic Trust Awards – International Project: Commendation
2014 Architectural Record – Good Design is Good Business Award
2013 BizBash Event Style Awards – Best New Event Space: Top 5 in North America & Best in Canada
Team See full project team