U of T’s New Architecture School Previews at Doors Open Toronto
On May 27 & 28, the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is opening the doors to One Spadina for the first public preview of its new building, now nearing completion. It will be added to one of the many popular tours offered by Doors Open.
Originally built in 1875 with a view to Lake Ontario due south down Spadina Avenue, and later home to the Knox College Theological Seminary and the Connaught Laboratories, One Spadina Crescent has evolved over the decades to become one of Toronto's most prominent and historic addresses. The recent transformation of the building has included a complex restoration of the south-facing 19th-century Gothic Revival building and a remarkable contemporary addition to its north which is largely defined by an expansive glazed facade.
Designed by Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner, principals of the internationally acclaimed firm NADAAA — in collaboration with architect-of-record Adamson & Associates, landscape architects PUBLIC WORK, and heritage architects ERA Architects — the revitalized One Spadina will bring together Toronto's public with students, scholars, urbanists and practitioners to tackle the most pressing design issues and creative challenges facing society today.
The project is considered to be the largest architecture school expansion in Canada's history and one of U of T's and Toronto’s legacy buildings for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. It has involved the tireless work of Dean Richard Sommer in addition to the commitment of the local architectural community who helped contribute to the School's intensive fundraising efforts which have helped make this dream a reality.
Visit One Spadina
Date: May 27 - 28, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm, last entry at 4:00pm
Directions: Use the East Entrance. Cross Spadina Crescent on the east side using the lights at Russell Street
To learn more about the new school of architecture, visit daniels.utoronto.ca. And get ready to learn about a number of fantastic tours being offered by IIDEXCanada later this fall on November 29th and 30th.
All images: Nic Lehoux