Life Section Studio

Life Section Studio

portfolio of works by Elisabeth Vitswamba


Bread Factory is a group of attached buildings dating between the late 1800s and mid 1950s that were renovated into commercial space for communications and broadcasting. The building has large swaths of horizontal space, a rare find near downtown Toronto. One of the major design strategies was to create a new two-storey atrium “avenue” that cuts through the building to bring light into the deep floor plate while creating a much-needed pedestrian link through the neighbourhood of West Liberty Village.

A new system of structural baskets sit on the existing beams below and carry a new roof with skylights that highlight the historic wall. Garage doors on the north side open up to a generous roof terrace. A restaurant and cafe on either end of the avenue will draw in the public. I worked on all aspects of the project including issuing permit sets, preparing construction documents, coordinating with engineers, communicating with suppliers and contractors, and performing field review.