University of Toronto, Instructional Centre
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Square Footage: 150,000
2011, Mississauga Urban Design Award
2012, IIDA 39th Annual Interior Design Competition: Best of Category, Institutional/ Educational
2012, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award: Honoree, Education Category
2012, North American Copper in Architecture Award
The LEED Silver, state-of-the-art teaching Centre creates a bold material presence in response to its natural surroundings. The 150,000 square foot (13,935 square meter) building shares a large student plaza with the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre. Three towers of richly patinated copper create the backdrop for student life and celebrate a rich sustainable strategy. The design creates teaching spaces of various sizes, including 500- and 350-seat lecture halls that are stacked vertically and organized into three towers. The spaces between these densely programmed blocks are articulated as voids that facilitate the passage of light, views, and people throughout the complex.
Bridges, balconies, and attenuated feature stairs animate the public realm and create opportunities for interaction between classes. A series of intimate student lounges and break-out spaces are found along the perimeter circulation of each of the towers and register as glazed “cut-aways” in the copper façade.