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Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

exterior view in the winter
  • Location Toronto, Ontario
  • Client University of Toronto
  • Completion 2012
  • Size 23,153 ft² / 2,151 m²
  • Project type Education, Heritage
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Home to the Asian Institute, the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and 30 other centres, institutes, and programs

The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto is one of the unique places in academia where world issues are studied and debated through a Canadian lens. To accommodate the success and growth of its programs, the School expanded its facilities with the adaptive reuse of the heritage Dominion Meteorological Building (1908 to 1909) into an interconnected hub for innovation and creative thinking.

The overall vision embraces the opportunity of its prime location on Bloor Street West to amplify Devonshire Place as one of the major portals into the University of Toronto campus. The architectural strategy respects the robust quality of the Romanesque Revival style and at the same time introduces thoughtful yet distinctively contemporary interventions.

The project prioritizes the preservation of the historic elevation on Bloor. The circular tower that once housed the telescope of the original Meteorological building is reimagined with meeting spaces and a new glass clerestorey to create a viewing platform. The design strategy for the new interventions are light glass and steel to act as a counterpoint to the mass and rough-hewn texture of the historic Miramichi sandstone exterior.

meeting room
interior view of lounge/library
meeting room

View of tower lounge space

meeting room

View of tower meeting space