Aurora Armoury Canadian Food & Wine Institute
Winner in Architectural Design Event Space
Gow Hastings Architects
Jim Burkitt, Valerie Gow, Mark Grimsrud
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Orion Construction & Management Co. Ltd.
Philip Hastings, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP
Valerie Gow, ARIDO, OAA, FRAIC, IDC
Canadian Food & Wine Institute, Niagara College
Town of Aurora
Located in the heart of Aurora, Ontario, the Aurora Armoury Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) is a revitalized culinary and community hub. Originally built in 1874 as a drill shed for the Department of National Defence, the restoration of the designated Canadian Federal Heritage Building was realized through an innovative partnership between the Town of Aurora and Niagara College. Envisioned as an outpost location for the Niagara College CFWI, the Armoury is a space for post-secondary culinary instruction, and a venue for general interest courses and community events. Led by esteemed Toronto chef Soohyeong Lee, the building features an interactive demonstration kitchen with a 10-foot-wide chef’s table that functions as a culinary theatre. The kitchen opens onto a 200-person event space, which celebrates the Armoury’s original Agrarian-style post-and-beam construction and refurbished terrazzo floor. The building’s design incorporates 48-foot wide, full height automatic bifold doors, that embrace an indoor-outdoor dining experience rooted in the richness of the surrounding Town Park.