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U of T's Robarts Library expansion featured in ‘Canadian Architect’

The Robarts Common expansion from the corner of Glen Morris Street and Huron Street (renderings courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects)

Canadian Architect features the Robarts Library expansion, saying the new design “brings daylight and views to a five-storey, glass-enclosed addition along the west side.” 

The expansion by Diamond Schmitt Architects will add 1,200 study spaces to the iconic 1960s facility, known for its concrete Brutalist style.

“The wraparound glass façade and wood accents couldn’t be more different in materiality from the concrete shell of the 14-storey Robarts,” the article states.

While the original concept for Robarts included three pods surrounding the core of the library, only two were constructed. The new student space will complete the plan, occupying an entire block.

“The height is the same as the other wings, and we wanted to fit with the geometry of the existing building and reference the triangle form in how the glazing is framed,” Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects told the magazine.

The building will open to students by the fall 2019 semester.

Read more about the expansion