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University of Toronto, Faculty of Information

St. George Campus

The Faculty of Information (iSchool) 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 In response to increased enrolment and outdated facilities, iSchool has commissioned superkül to undertake a feasibility study to address the growing requirement for research clusters, maker spaces, offices, teaching space and collaborative space.

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. In response to changing needs and the desire for increased connectivity and collaborative space, in 2016 the Faculty’s former library was reconfigured with the creation of the “Inforum” on the 4th and 5th floors. This move, in turn, has sharpened the focus on pursuing a broader revitalization of the building as a whole.

Working closely with iSchool and a team of consultants, superkül is currently investigating ways to enhance connectivity, increase natural light, optimize underutilized spaces, improve overall building systems performance, and introduce 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.

photo: superkül