It’s under consideration by U of T’s governance, and it could replace the former McLaughlin Planetarium, closed in 1995 <PHOTO ABOVE>, at 90 Queen’s Park.  The architects are Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who were behind New York City’s High Line & the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. New York-based, the firm is now working with TORONTO’s architectsAlliance, and heritage consultants ERA Architects.

The University’s president MERIC GERTLER is impressed by the design. “This stunning architectural landmark will provide an invaluable opportunity to create a meeting space for scholars, and the wider city around us,” he told U of T Magazine.

The project will be home to a wide-ranging number of academic units – the School of Cities, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and the Archaeology Centre. It will also provide facilities for the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Music.

Among the building’s showpieces is a recital hall, with a large window looking out on the Toronto skyline. Above the hall – there’ll be a 400-seat event space with similar skyline views. A café will be opened on the ground floor and the designers will include a multi-storey atrium leading up to the recital hall.  <Renderings by bloomimages, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro>

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