Perkins+Will goes back to school with new academic building for the University of Toronto

Architecture International Unveiled
Exterior Render (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

International firm Perkins+Will has unveiled plans for a new six story, 210,000 square foot scheme at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. The creatively named ‘North Building Phase B’ has a construction budget of $69 million and is due to be complete by the summer of 2018.

Interior Render (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Interior Render. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

The project will be home to six university departments: English & Drama, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology, featuring student lounges, study areas and dining space.

Site plan (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Site plan. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Axonometric plan view (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Axonometric plan view. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Part of a wider scheme, it is the second installment of a three-phase program replacing a not-so-temporary structure that was the campus’ first building, built in 1967. In terms of its impact on the vicinity, the building will complete a circle of public space that surrounds the campus green creating a more holistic and established area for academia and university life.

Notable features of the design, which was granted after Perkins+Will won a two-stage competition, include a terraced atrium that is part of a multipurpose event space, numerous state-of-the-art Active Learning Classrooms, elevated roof gardens and terraces overlooking the campus green for students and staff. The firm has also employed a sustainability focused approach using solar shading and natural ventilation in tandem with clever siting and building orientation.

This isn’t the first time Perkins + Will has designed for the University of Toronto. The practice has built four other buildings on the university’s campus.

Section with heat flow (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Section with heat flow. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

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