MUNK CENTRE + TRINITY GRAHAM LIBRARY
University of Toronto, 2003
1 Devonshire Place
Trinity College, University of Toronto
At the heart of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, three former heritage masonry dormitories are transformed into a new study centre containing library, study, office, seminar and social spaces.
NEW CLOISTER AS CATALYST
A new, seasonally adjustable cloister binds the buildings together at grade while acting as a social catalyst. It also establishes seamless, highly accessible connections to the surrounding campus.
The site and buildings are shared by Trinity College’s Graham Library and the new Munk Centre for International Studies, producing synergizing intersections within the academic community, and providing the Munk Centre with easy access to Trinity’s collection of documents, which is particularly strong in international studies.
OPEN COURTYARD AS SYMBOL
An open courtyard with a ‘tapis vert’ and reflecting pools at its center provides a quiet oasis for Trinity and Munk users.
BROADCAST/SEMINAR USES FUSED
At the end of the south wing, a new lantern-like room provides a space for the Centre’s director, Janice Gross Stein, to communicate with the local community and the world from a hybridized, state-of-the-art broadcast room/gathering space.
KPMB architects: Thomas Payne (design partner), Luigi LaRocca (associate- in-charge), Victoria Gregory (project architect), Heather Dubbeldam, Meg Graham, Brent Wagler, Alex Lam, Forde Johnson, Bill Colaco, Judith Taylor
Yolles Partnership inc. (structural), Merber Corporation (mechanical/ electrical), James F. Vermeulen inc. (cost), Terraprobe limited (geotechnical), Suzanne Powadiuk Design (lighting), Janet Rosenberg & Associates (landscape), Leber/Rubes inc. (fire & life safety), Brian Arnott Associates (visual media), Aercoustics Engineering ltd. (acoustics consultant), Keith Blades (historic restoration), Dew Architecture inc. (fountain), Brook Van Dalen (building envelope)