Centennial Library and Academic Building

“It is such wonderful space! It is being used to capacity most days and students are pleased with the different types of study spaces provided. They are intuitively finding their way and choosing the spaces that work best for them.”

Gladys Watson Director, Centennial College Libraries

Centennial is a microcosm of Toronto’s cultural diversity. The design response was to make the program welcoming and readable to a wide constituency through clear and accessible circulation around a central atrium, which itself creates a vital social hub where students and faculty can interact.

The use of quality materials and detailing impart a message that this institution respects students and their pursuit of knowledge. Custom wood screen panels and limestone stairs continue indoors what is proclaimed on the exterior in black granite, robust iron-spot brick and copper cladding on a circular auditorium and projecting vertical bays.

The Library and Academic Facility combines a variety of study areas, classrooms and administrative offices and addresses the imperative that academic institutions be responsive to sustainable design: this is a LEED Gold Certified building.

Client Centennial College
Completion 26/08/2011
Sustainability LEED Gold Certified




Awards See all project awards
2014 Ontario Association of Architects Award – Design Excellence and Best in Show
2013 Ontario Library Association – New Library Building Award
2012 The Copper Development Association and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association – North American Copper in Architecture Awards
Team See full project team
Sydney Browne
Jenna Chapman
Zvonimir Cicvaric
Branka Gazibara
Rebecca Lai
Donald Schmitt