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“The design and construction of the building not only accommodates a very complex program but, given its key location, has repaired the campus fabric.”
Built to accommodate increasing student enrolment, the Arts & Administration Building at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus, is a four-storey academic building housing classrooms, art and music studios, a 300-seat lecture theatre, academic and administrative offices, the registrar’s office, a welcome centre and a new Council Chamber.
The design and construction of the Arts and Administration building not only accommodates a very complex program but, given its key location, has taken on the role of repairing the campus fabric. The buff brick and limestone building is positioned to extend the crescent form and glazed pedestrian street of the existing John Andrews Science Wing while creating a clear entry point for the campus as a whole and the welcome centre in particular. The new building builds on the strengths of the original Andrew’s 1960’s buildings on the edge of the ravine while mitigating the weakness of the less distinguished 1970’s buildings by extending pedestrian linkages and defining a series of landscaped courts from previously residual and undefined outdoor spaces. A glass covered exterior walkway along the east edge of the new building provides a direct connection from both the Science Wing and the Bladen Building to the new student centre to the north. A double height fritted glass council chamber terminates the building’s south end at the main access route coming from the eastern precinct of the campus. Amply lit by natural daylight, the council chamber acts as a large, glowing lantern at night.
Completion Date: 2005
Project Type: Education
Building Size: 55,000 sq. ft.
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