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The students from Ryerson University in Toronto have a new student learning center with interesting geometric shape, spacious interiors tailored for individual work and socialization as well as a relaxing green roof. For the design and construction of the project, “Snøhetta” and “Zeidler Partnership Architects” joined their architectural forces.
This eight-floor building stands elevated on a steel construction, with a facade constructed from glass with pattern reminiscent of countless falling flakes. The modern interior is divided into different workspaces, learning area, areas for socialization and various other student activities. Some of the floors are open, spacious, with comfortable and informal furniture, such as the large open amphitheater, the spacious rooms with soft sofas that allow working or socializing in larger and louder groups with open balconies, while other parts are more isolated to enable a quieter space, such as the reading rooms for individual work. The last floor is especially arranged for independent work and learning in silence.
The arrangement of the space is inspired by the desire of the university through to encourage greater student and professional collaboration among students, and they hope that they will motivate and encourage the students to develop these qualities.