The Faculty of Information is a thriving and renowned research-focused department based in the Claude T. Bissell Building on the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. In response to increased enrolment and outdated facilities, the Faculty has commissioned superkül to conduct a feasibility study to address the growing requirement for research clusters, maker spaces, offices, teaching space and collaborative space, and based on this develop a full concept design for the Faculty’s renovation and expansion.
Built in 1971, the Bissell Building forms part of the monumental Robarts Library Complex, which has listed heritage status, typifying Late Modern architecture with its distinctive Brutalist style of heavy concrete and a low window-to-wall ratio.
Working closely with the Faculty and a team of consultants, superkül delivered a design that enhanced connectivity, increased natural light throughout, optimized underutilized spaces, improved overall building systems performance, and introduced flexible working environments that can adapt to future demands—with the goal of establishing a dynamic and lively place that fuels possibilities for social and intellectual exchange for years to come, all while respecting and enhancing the building’s heritage architecture.
Location: Toronto, ON
Size: 101,500 sf