Take a look inside Toronto's most stunning new building
The fencing has finally come down around One Spadina, or the Daniels Building, which is now home to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.
On May 27 and 28, however, during Doors Open, anyone will be able to take a peek inside of this already award-winning building, designed by NADAAA, along with Adamson & Associates, landscape architects Public Work and heritage architects ERA.
The 156,000-square-foot space will welcome students this fall. Some staff members have already moved into the building, which — thanks to a so-called "interior street" the runs the length of the main floor — is meant to connect the university with neighbouring Harbord Village.
One Spadina used to be the site of the Presbyterian theological school Knox College. And it's easy to see this history in the building thanks to the ornamental windows and original archways found in classroom and all around the building.
The original building mainly features classrooms as well as faculty and administration offices. Together with the new addition, the project cost $69 million dollars.
While the new structure stands in contrast to the historic portion of the building, it includes some standout features, including the 110-feet wide, column-free graduate design studio.
The Principal Hall is supposed to be a communal gathering space, so it's fitting it's located inside Knox College's former courtyard. This expansive room is modular and has capacity for 450 people.
The building also features a green roof testing lab (on top of the building of course), 3D printing labs, a library and reading room, and a black box art gallery that aims to showcase architectural and design work.
If you walk by, One Spadina still looks kind of like a construction zone as crews continue to work on the landscaping and final touches inside. But once it's complete, it'll be impossible ignore.
Nic Lehoux courtesy of Daniels School of Architecture
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