Set in a wooded area in Mississauga, Ontario, the University of Toronto’s Instructional Centre is a sprawling light-filled LEED Silver complex for students to enjoy. The new Perkins + Will-designed building is powered by renewable energy sources and topped with a lush green roof. Positioned next to the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Center, the new building forms a campus courtyard and creates an outdoor hub for student life.
With the University of Toronto Mississauga’s commitment to sustainability in mind, Perkins + Will set out to design a multi-use academic building that not only uses renewable energy, but also embraces the natural beauty of the surrounding land. With varying classroom sizes, the Instructional Centre is organized in three stacked volumes, including a large and medium lecture hall. The exterior is clad with gorgeous green pre-patinaed copper, coupled with floor to ceiling windows, which gives lounges and classrooms a full view of the trees outside, while flooding each with natural light.
Aside from an excess of natural lighting, geothermic heating and cooling help the facility to keep energy consumption low. Green roofs on the structure block solar gain, but also help the facility to harmonize with the lushly planted grounds of the university. Inside, the Instructional Centre is open and airy, directly connecting students with the natural beauty of the campus, while providing serene places to study and learn.
Perkins + Will’s Instructional Centre is combines both green architecture with tranquility, creating an ideal place for young minds to learn.