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CHATTER: U of T re-build gets Heritage Toronto Award (Nov. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · No Comments

Recently renovated, the building at 1 Spadina Crescent received an award for its impressive transformation at the 2019 Heritage Toronto Awards last month.

On Oct. 28, Heritage Toronto announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing exceptional contributions to the conservation and celebration of heritage in Toronto.

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design won a William Greer Built Heritage Award for the transformation of 1 Spadina Crescent, an 1874 Gothic Revival building, into a modern learning centre. The architects for this project were NADAAA Architects, ERA Architects, Adamson Associates, and PUBLIC WORK.

The building underwent immense construction over the past few years, with renovations occurring in two phases; the first focused on the existing building and former home of Knox College and Connaught Laboratories, while the second phase involved the addition of a contemporary wing with a multi-story glass façade on the north side.

The space officially reopened in November 2017 as the new home of the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design for students in related programs. The building now includes studio space, an amphitheatre, a digital fabrication library, commons space, and a testing laboratory. Overall, it features a sustainable urban design that also preserves the heritage of the historic site.

The Daniels faculty’s website describes the building as “a world-leading venue for studying, conducting research, and advocating for architecture, landscape, and sustainable urbanization.”

—Khyrsten Mieras/Gleaner News


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