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  Open Studio - Toronto, Ontario - 1995
W. F. Heartwell OAA MRAIC
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"Open Studio, Canada's foremost print making centre, is dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints. Open Studio is a comprehensive artist-run centre for contemporary printmaking practice, providing mutli-faceted services, programs and information to artists and the public alike. As a national organization, Open Studio offers affordable and equal access to printmaking facilities, programs and service for artists from across Canada and abroad. As an artist-run centre, it is our priority to support artists in the development of their professional endeavours. "

Open Studio Web Site - 2003


I was requested by the director of Open Studio to perform a facilities analysis and to assist the organization in finding a new location for the Studio near their King Street West site. The Studio had a collection of furniture and equipment, some in excellent shape, and others much past its prime. After producing a lengthy document of their facility needs, we looked at several buildings, evaluating each in terms of size and shape of the floor plate, ease of movement from the exterior to the proposed new space, future growth potential and of course, lighting and mechanical upgrades required to meet the Studio's needs.

The layout below is from one building that was considered; the major drawback was the long and narrow shape. After this detailed study was complete, we decided a square shape floor space, similar to the one they currently occupied, would best suit their needs. With this new information in mind, the Studio found another space not far from their original location, and moved in after some minor renovations.

Proposed Floor Plan - Open Studio
Design Concept
Floor & Equipment Layout