Breathing new life into old buildings is one of the most sustainable approaches to inhabiting our built environments. The heritage designated Stewart Building, designed by E.J. Lennox, built from 1891 to 1894 embodies significant skill and cultural heritage. The Rotman School of Management is a significant academic institution that has inserted itself throughout the University of Toronto Campus. The school is continuing to expand its programs for executives and research initiatives and has expanded into this existing significant six story heritage building.
The challenge of this project was to rejuvenate the derelict interiors into a refined atmosphere expressing the client’s branding aims. Creating and achieving spaces that allow for the coming together of a diverse range of individuals with easy access to each other within the existing fabric of the building provides additional challenges. The existing rough and besmirched surfaces were designed to be covered by a skin-lining of white smooth clean materials.
The materials and spaces are designed to express an image of a future oriented teaching institution and also provide convivial spaces to support the researchers and teachers various tasks.
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