Diamond Schmitt designing 23-storey, brick-clad residence for Toronto university

August 15, 2018

Rendering of a 23-storey, brick clad student residence at University of Toronto’s downtown campus. Image courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects[1]
Rendering of a 23-storey, brick clad student residence at University of Toronto’s downtown campus.
Image courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects

A new student residence for the University of Toronto’s[2] (U of T’s) downtown St. George campus has reached a development milestone. U of T said an agreement with the city and local community groups has been struck for the 23-storey building at the corner of Spadina and Sussex Avenues.

Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects[3], the residence addresses a need for more student accommodation while providing community amenities as part of the design. A three-storey heritage building will be incorporated into the façade and a public green space will be added to the site.

The slender brick-clad tower will house 511 students in a bright, airy structure that mixes modern residence spaces with lively retail storefronts.

“We wanted to find the place where U of T’s obligation to students overlaps with the broader community’s interests so it is a successful project in both the university and public realms,” said Scott Maybury, U of T’s vice-president of university operations.

Student common areas include study space, a music practice room, fitness studio, and project room on the mezzanine level. Two dining halls and a multipurpose event space will occupy the second floor. The adjacent Robert Street Field, used by U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, will be rejuvenated for community and school use.

The Spadina-Sussex Residence is a partnership between U of T and developer The Daniels Corporation. The university’s plan is to create housing on the main downtown campus for 2300 additional students by 2020.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Spadina-Sussex-east-view-copy.jpg
  2. University of Toronto’s: https://www.utoronto.ca/
  3. Diamond Schmitt Architects: https://dsai.ca/

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