University of Toronto CCBR
Toronto, ON, Canada
architectsAlliance and Behnisch Architekten
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Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research is a custom-engineered project. Please contact the Regional Sales Manager in your area for additional product details.
As one of Canada's leading genetic research programs, the University of Toronto's microbiology center needed a flexible mix of research and office space. Behnisch Architekten and architectsAlliance responded with a colorful, 12-story structure incorporating multiple green features, including one of North America's first double-skin façades. In this type of double-wall system, an inner wall surrounds the occupied spaces, like traditional glazing. A second so-called "active wall" surrounds the first, with vents that move warm air away from the building in summer or keep it inside in winter.
An automated system of Hunter Douglas Architectural Venetian blinds between the glazing controls glare and helps manage thermal build-up. They do this in part by converting short-wave radiation to long-wave radiation in the space between the glazing, rather than on the interior surfaces. Interior features include a soaring, six-story glass atrium, offices, labs, and collaborative work zones, as well as a cafeteria and lounges.
The project received a number of prestigious awards, including The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Award and the Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence.
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