Branksome Hall’s Athletics and Wellness Centre contends to be one of Rosedale’s state-of-the-art landmark. Located on the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Elm Avenue, the contemporary building is situated within the elementary and secondary all girl’s schools campuses.
It stands at 68,000 square feet as an award-winning building designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MFMA), using many elements – limestone, oak, wood, glass, steel – in constructing its fine architecture.
This multi-purpose recreational facility houses lavish fitness arenas (including swimming pools, a gymnasium, dryland rowing centre, dance and yoga studios), as well as two gorgeous venues known as the Silver Birch Suite and the White Oak Suite.
The Silver Birch Suite ($5,000/day) is a 10,700 square foot venue on the second floor of Branksome. I can envision seated-social events and relaxing dinners in this spacious 550-person capacity room. Although simple, the room is dynamic and empowering. For example, a narrow hallway in the corner of the room leads to a two-floored gym, overseeing the entire suite from the 2nd floor. Speaking of which, a balcony extends from the Silver Birch Suite’s hallway, giving a great remarkable view of the Rosedale area.
The White Oak Suite ($7,000/day) has a polished finish with its white floor tiles contrasted to its wooden ceiling. The ceiling is shorter than the Silver Birch Suite, but is perfect for receptions where guests can mingle at different sections of the room or even in the connecting courtyard outside. There are doors that can divide the room off for a more intimate gathering around the modernized fireplace, as well. As for food, I imagine stations set up where some of Branksome Hall’s top catering companies; being Food Dudes, McEwan Group – North 44 Caters, Toben Food by Design, Yorkshire Pudding, Citizen Catering, and Daniel et Daniel, can be of service for delectable and well-plated food.
Although the finishing of Branksome Hall Athletics and Wellness Centre exudes high-maintenance and prestige, I am impressed at how environmentally friendly the building is. Their window shades are solar-controlled, which doubles up as prevention for birds from injuring themselves on the large windows. Also, the green roof, on top of reducing pollution, collects rain water for irrigation. It is no wonder that the fellow Canadian visionary, David Suzuki, has spoken here.
Photos by Janey Tso. All rights reserved.