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 strategy responded to making its program welcoming and readable to a broad 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. The library and other academic facilities include a variety of study areas, classrooms, and administrative offices, addressing the imperative that educational institutions be responsive to sustainable design. A LEED Gold Certified building, the material palette has been carefully selected: custom-made wood screen panels and limestone stairs on the inside and black granite, robust iron-spot brick and copper cladding on the exterior. A circular auditorium and projecting vertical bays are formally expressed in the volume of the building and are distinguishable on the façade.

Client Centennial College
Completion 2011
Sustainability LEED Gold Certified

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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
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