‘daniel’s facuty of architecture, landscape, and design’ by NADAAA, toronto, canada
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in 2009, the university of toronto’s ‘daniels faculty of architecture, landscape and design (DFALD)’ launched a competition to transform their existing building into a framework more relevant to their teachings and aspirations. by 2011 it was clear that the appropriate step would be relocating to a landmark position in the city, spadina crescent, thus launching a two-phased approach to renovate and expand the iconic structure formerly known as knox college.

 

the master plan for this 19th century site, developed by north american studio NADAAA, was developed through the analysis of anticipated use patterns and site ecology, with an eye toward re-positioning the southwest corner of campus on-axis with the lake, and creating a new identity for the faculty. ‘DFALD’ required a new working prototype of sustainability to accommodate a program for studio space, fabrication workshops, classrooms, offices, library, cafe, exhibition space, auditorium, and state of the art ‘urban theater’.  located on a busy urban artery, and circumscribed by a streetcar line, the circular site is an island amidst layers of urban activity.  after months of negotiating utilities, budgets, and strategies, construction is expected to be completed in july, 2014.

NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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perhaps the great challenge of maintaining the gothic heritage building has been the project’s greatest opportunity; the spires and edges of the historic spadina crescent create the ideal foil for a contemporary box with a deep floor plate requiring natural lights. the folds of the roof aim to capture the sky, while the walls judiciously use glass to maximize views and minimize heat loss. folds in the landscape, conceived in anticipation of future phase 3 pavilions, provide opportunities for seating, bike storage, and micro-environments.

NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
entrance
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
entrance lobby
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
urban theater
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
communal work spaces
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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NADAAA proposes a new school of architecture for toronto
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project info:

 

architects: NADAAA, boston, massachusetts
principals: nader tehrani and katie faulkner
collaborating architect: adamson asoociation architects, toronto, canada
landscape architects: public work, toronto
historic preservation: era architects, toronto
concept: richard lee  & tom beresford   
exterior renderings: john houser, amin tadj   
interior renderings: alda black, marta guerra  
animations: james juricevich   
models: parke macdowell (lead),  dane asmussen, laura williams, peter sprowls, noora al musallam, tammy teng, wesley hiatt, john mars, mazyar kahali