Nuns' residence inspires faith: Hume
Toronto Star, May 12, 2014 — If the recently opened Sisters of St. Joseph Residence is any indication, the 21st-century nunnery is less a community apart than a part of the community.
Though not technically a nunnery, the striking new structure at 2 O’Connor Dr. is not only a home with rooms for 58 nuns, it is an exquisite addition to the city. Designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects of Toronto, the building, which just won a Governor-General’s Medal, is a model of integrity and integration.
The four-storey residence — not, alas, open to the public — fits effortlessly into its site overlooking the Don Valley. It takes full advantage of a magnificent setting, rising from a garden filled with water and plants. Though the architectural vocabulary is unabashedly modernist, the building is an expression of traditional values based on community and shared religious devotion.
By Christopher Hume