Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
St. Michael’s Hospital

Diamond Schmitt


A 9-storey 335,000 ft2 facility, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute is home to approximately 200 researchers working in sophisticated laboratories and front-line clinical settings to explore both the basic dynamics of disease and the best ways to improve patient outcomes.

The Institute is comprised of the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing Centre in Healthcare Education. Linking the two sites over the Victoria Laneway is a connection housing elevators, a feature stairway, double-height lounges, conference rooms and kitchenette spaces, all designed as collision points in the building to promote information interactions and exchanges of knowledge and ideas.

Spaces include teaching rooms, laboratories, offices and parking. Special lighting design features include the grand staircase and the connecting bridge. The lighting is controlled by a building-wide automation system.
In 2014 the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America honoured Angus Lighting designer, Campbell Corbet, with an Illumination Design Award for Interior Lighting for this project.

Images courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute