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Jackman Law building by Hariri Pontarini and B+H Architects opens at U of T


November 1, 2016
by Canadian Architect

Photo courtesy of B+H Architects

Photo courtesy of B+H Architects

An iconic new home for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, the new Jackman Law building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and B+H Architects, ushers in a new era for the school’s law students.

Situated next to the university’s famed Philosopher’s Walk and overlooking Queen’s Park Crescent, a dramatic new façade comprised of glass and nickel fins bend along the curve of the street, distinguishing themselves as the most identifiable feature of this landmark new building.

Photo courtesy of B+H Architects

Photo courtesy of B+H Architects

In total, the renewal project introduces an additional 66,000 square feet, consolidating the previously dispersed faculty into one building, while also providing a new 210-student lecture hall, several seminar halls, new commons lounge and forum space, offices and food service space.

The Osler Hoskin and Harcourt Atrium emerges as the new heart of the school. It features a three storey fireplace and large seating area that acts as a social hub, embracing a collaborative environment.

Photo courtesy of B+H Architects

Photo courtesy of B+H Architects

The renovation of the outmoded and dark Bora Laskin Law Library into a luminous pavilion–naturally lit on three sides—with the stunning 2-storey Torys Hall reading room at its centre takes the notion of collaboration one step further. Gone are the days of the library so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Modern study spaces have opened up to facilitate discussion and interaction, better reflecting the conditions of today’s workplace.

University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law Building won the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2013 and was completed in the Fall of 2016. The expansion increases the law school space by 50 per cent, consolidates the previously dispersed faculty and enables the social relationships considered vital to the school’s success as a world-leading law school.