Ryerson Student Learning Centre

  • Ryerson Student Learning Centre Northern Facades Project

Ryerson Student Learning Centre

2019/11/23

Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Toronto, ON

INSTANT ICON

Designed by the architectural team of Zeidler and Snøhetta, with facade installation by Flynn Group of Companies, the stunning new Student Learning Centre marks Ryerson’s new face in downtown Toronto, Canada.

This project received the prestigious “Project of the Year” award from the Society of Facade Engineers.

The triple glazed transparent glass skin of the 155,000 square-foot Student Learning Centre features a surface design consisting of a unique glass digital frit pattern that creates varying light qualities within the interior space. A custom unitized curtain wall system (60% recycled aluminum content) was designed for the project, the curtain wall was engineered and tested to accommodate the complex varying facade tilt angles and sloped skylights including an integrated mullion detail to accommodate interior mechanical sun shading. The unique glass frit pattern was required to transition onto the adjoining aluminum panel at the North elevation. This was achieved by perforating the pattern into the metal panel.

Ryerson Student Learning Centre Northern Facades Project

FOCAL POINT

Another distinctive, unique and complex feature of the building is the custom blue faceted dome ceiling and soffit designed and executed in Northern Facades Accumet panel system. The initial intent was for a ceramic blue tile. However, working with Zeidler/Snøhetta at the early design stage, Northern Facades’ technical advisers put forward a number of panel mockups and material alternatives. Northern Facades’ Accumet System comprising of lightweight Alpolic-FR (Fire Rated) Prismatic finish ACM in a custom colour was the final choice. The ceiling needed to be light weight, meet fire code and also accommodate the unique triangular multi-faceted shape and enable cutouts to accommodate mineral fiber acoustic in-fills while maintaining panel integrity and stability.

Ryerson Student Learning Centre Northern Facades Project
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Toronto, On