A new era for Toronto’s students

Nick Myall
Wednesday 05 Oct 2016

Glass and nickel fins on the façade of this new Law facility help the building create an impact

An iconic new home for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, the new Jackman Law building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and B+H Architects, ushers in a new era for the school’s law students.

Situated next to the university’s famed Philosopher’s Walk and overlooking Queen’s Park Crescent, a dramatic new façade comprised of glass and nickel fins bend along the curve of the street, distinguishing themselves as the most identifiable feature of this landmark new building.

In total the renewal project introduces an additional 66,000 sq ft, consolidating the previously dispersed faculty into one building, while also providing a new 210-student lecture hall, several seminar halls, new commons lounge and forum space, offices and food service space.

The Osler Hoskin and Harcourt Atrium emerges as the new heart of the school. It features a three storey fireplace and large seating area that acts as a social hub, embracing a collaborative environment.

The renovation of the outmoded and dark Bora Laskin Law Library into a luminous pavilion, naturally lit on three sides—with the stunning two-storey Torys Hall reading room at its centre takes the notion of collaboration one step further. Gone are the days of the library being so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Modern study spaces have opened up to facilitate discussion and interaction, better reflecting the conditions of today’s workplace. 

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law Building won the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2013 and was completed in the Fall of 2016.

Nick Myall

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