Farrow featured in February Issue of Canadian Architect Magazine

Tye Farrow, working closely Ray Arbesman, president of Toronto-based company Nucap Industries, has developed a revolutionary construction material application. Farrow has been testing the idea of replacing exterior steel framing and cladding as well as walls and entire floor plates in multi-storey buildings with this lightweight, exceptionally strong material called Grip Metal.

Nucap Industries invented Grip Metal, originally developed to make car brake pads that are "stronger, lighter, more rigid, and more secure than brake pads used in any car in the 20th century." Tye Farrow's innovative design breakthrough is described in this issue of Canadian Architect, "Getting a Grip"along with a detailed description of the technology:

"As Montu Khokhar, CEO of Nucap, ex-plains, Grip Metal has developed tooling that extrudes an extremely small pattern of hooks on sheet metal. These hooks are formed on the surface alone, so that sheets as thin as 0.3 milli-metres are not punctured in the process. Pressed with enough weight, the hooks clasp to new materials instantaneously. Like barbs on a thistle, the hooks can attach to any substrate that doesn’t shatter under pressure: another piece of metal, wood, plastic, vinyl, or even some concrete composite panels. Essentially, Grip Metal makes metal act like Velcro."

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Farrow Selected to Expand Ottawa Education Campus

January 16, 2017. Farrow has been selected to master plan the expansion of Elmwood School, in the prominent Rockcliffe neighbourhood of Ottawa. Elmwood is one of the most innovative girls’ school in North America and ranked as one of the top 25 private schools in Canada. Acclaimed for its academic excellence, caring atmosphere and strong community spirit, Elmwood is a school where girls are encouraged to stretch themselves, try new things, create and explore.

The intent of the project is to revitalize and strengthen Elmwood’s image in the minds of parents, students, staff and donors; a project that can create the physical environment where girls are at home, when they can truly be themselves, to “unlock their intelligence, their passion and their greatness.”

Farrow has a worldwide reputation for creating healthy learning places that nourish the spirit and touch the heart, having worked on over a dozen independent school projects.


Farrow Designs Israel’s Newest Cancer Centre

SZMC cancer

December 12, 2017. Farrow presented the design for Israel’s newest cancer centre, located on a prominent site in the heart of Jerusalem. It is the first phase of Farrow’s master plan for Shaare Zedek Medical Centre (SZMC) campus, which was completed in April 2016. The 70,000 square foot centre will offer radiation treatment as a complement to SZMC present chemotherapy services. The shape of the building has been called a ‘butterfly’, offering hope, life and a sense of movement for the staff, patients and family who use the centre. Construction will commence with the excavation of the site in June 2017.

Farrow is collaborating with Jerusalem-based Rubenstein Ofer Architects for this project.


Farrow Part of Team to Design Australian Adolescent Mental Health Facility

December 8, 2016. Farrow is part of a team which is designing the new model for adolescent mental health in the State of Queensland, Australia. The Government recognised a small group of young people may require specialist bed-based care that cannot be catered for in community settings. There is currently no facility, or like service, in Queensland that provides non-acute, extended treatment and rehabilitation services to adolescents and young people.

The model of service delivery for extended treatment and rehabilitation is based on a continuum of care underpinned by five key service elements which include: Adolescent Sub-acute Beds; Step Up/Step Down Unit; Youth Residential Rehabilitation Unit; Adolescent Day Program; and Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Service.

The team is lead by Destravis Group based in Brisbane with MAAP Architects based n Sydney.

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