Architectural Façade

Centennial College

Dri-Design Tapered facade was used to bring a unique pattern of reflections to Centennial College renovations.

The Project

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus in Toronto, a new Library & Learning Centre and Student Hub with adjoining Student Centre and Bookstore has been recently renovated clad in metal rainscreens from Dri-Design.

The renovations and expansion were designed to bring a renewed vitality to campus. 

Ontario, Canada
Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Mirrored Stainless Steel
Dri-Design, Tapered

Light and Reflection

Dri Design Tapered
The Tapered cassettes have a 50mm depth variation at either side. Combined with the flat cassette profile, these variations create five different cassette sizes that when laid out further reveal a shifting pattern and a playful reflection of light. The wall cassettes are brushed stainless steel, while the library soffit is polished stainless steel, creating what is called a Kaleidoscopic Campus Gateway.

Connecting Old & New

Architectural Facade
The library and hub are highly transparent with panoramic views in and out. The library visually and literally connects the new campus with the old, serving as a bridge to the original front entrance of the 1940s Ashtonbee Building housing a renovated bookstore, a student centre and classrooms. Enrollment, student life services and continuing-education services are accessed through the hub’s lobby. The Student Centre/Bookstore is located at grade across from the hub, conceptually connecting the two service spaces. The two-storey library is composed of general student library space, commuter labs, a learning centre and
centre for academic English.
There is consistency in the Dri-Design cassette dimensions, and they fit together well and are easily assembled.

Peter Sjouwerman
Semple Gooder
Architectural Façade
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