TORONTO METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ENTRANCE FEASIBILITY & CONCEPT
Location TMU Campus, Toronto ON
Client Toronto Metropolitan University
Team In Partnership with Gow Hastings Architect
Ryerson University in collaboration with Two Row Architect and Gow Hastings Architects were charged with conceptualizing a new spatial resolution of the entrance to the Library that engages in a discourse of Indigenous Place making for all prospective visitors. As laid out in the RFP the University set out a series of design goals and performance indicators to help guide the concept.
The project focussed on executing these three main goals: Create a prominent, welcoming, and appropriate Library entrance; imbed and acknowledge Indigenous ways of knowing and land recognition; and provide universally accessible space.
The intended outcome was a conceptual recommendation that greatly improves the Ryerson communities connection to, and awareness of, the entrance to the library; while celebrating inclusivity, universal accessibility, and the importance of Indigenous knowledge; in essence, making the existing library building welcoming to everyone from the heart of the campus. This goal aimed to be achieved with the guidance of a broad and diverse consultation process with the Ryerson community over several months.