Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student Hub / MJMA

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student Hub / MJMA

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Toronto, Canada
  • Architects: MJMA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  87000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2014
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Shai Gil
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Dri-Design, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Montel
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© Shai Gil

Text description provided by the architects. Centennial College is the oldest publicly funded college in Ontario with four campuses serving the Greater Toronto Area east.Near a major intersection and in the Golden Mile neighbourhood of Toronto, the Ashtonbee Campus serves as the largest transportation technology training school in Canada. The campus is surrounded by residential, parklands, and is situated within a retail / commercial / light industrial typology. While generating successful industry partnerships and a thriving training program, the circa 1970’s campus suffered from safety concerns, accessibility issues, aging infrastructure, and lacked student support services and social gathering spaces.

Plans

The goal of the new project was to rejuvenate the campus and deliver student-oriented services to support the thriving academic programming. Locating the new building at the front of the site and spanning the access roadway with a continuous second level circulation, the project expands the master planning goals by establishing a strategy to solve future opportunities and constraints. This move allows connection of all current and future buildings while creating a new expressive and open ‘face’ for the Campus.

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Section
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The building forms a literal and figurative bridge over an entry court inspired by a ‘complete streets’ landscape methodology. Internally, the spaces are open and transparent with ample natural light. The project provides student-oriented programming on the campus; including a Library, Student Hub, Student Commons, Athletic Centre, Classrooms, and Study Spaces. This strategy underscores Centennial’s desire to provide its student population with adaptable, modern academic spaces.

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student Hub / MJMA - Shelving, Chair
© Shai Gil

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Address:Toronto, ON, Canada

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Cite: "Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student Hub / MJMA" 05 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771350/centennial-college-ashtonbee-campus-library-and-student-hub-maclennan-jaunkalns-miller-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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