Ryerson University recently unveiled the glittering new learning center design envisioned by the dynamic architectural team of Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta. As part of the university’s grand plan to make learning a living, breathing, and urban-integrated experience, the 155,463 square foot learning center will host destination retail on Toronto’s vibrant Yonge Street frontage at and below grade. More than just a pretty face though, the sparkling eight storey building will also meet the requirements for silver LEED certification by incorporating a host of sustainable building techniques


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With help from the government of Ontario’s $45 million investment, Ryerson University sought to create a new learning environment for students that knits Toronto together in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Instead of isolating students in some dark corner of the city, the architects created a welcoming plaza at the entrance of a commercially-active thoroughfare. Still, the interior offers plenty of quiet and introspective spaces in order to facilitate learning.

The building is sheathed in a transparent glass skin that allows light to permeate all eight floors. That matched with sophisticated digital technology makes generating ideas a breeze. Nearly 50% of the roof will be green, while the high energy, material, and water efficiency will qualify the learning center for silver LEED certification. Who says learning is boring?

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