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The Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre at the University of Toronto

Multi-story winter gardens are dispersed throughout the building and dissolve internal boundaries, creating conditions for chance encounters and conversations that spark innovation.

The Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre is designed to advance the University of Toronto's strategic mission of linking academic research and entrepreneurial endeavors. Located at a critical juncture between the university's campus, the historic Legislature Grounds, and the city's growing Discovery District, this 14-story building establishes a new gateway to Queen's Park along University Avenue and frames the heart of the University of Toronto's campus. Serving as Architect of Record, Teeple Architects Inc. of Toronto will be working collaboratively with Weiss/Manfredi to realize this new project.

The 250,000-square-foot complex unites the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE) program, the University's Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO), the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence (VIAI), and various startup companies and established corporate partners. Flexible loft-like offices, labs, classrooms, conference rooms, and event spaces at multiple scales are arranged along a vertical social circuit designed to facilitate evolving requirements and future growth. Multi-story, light-filled, internal, public winter gardens are dispersed throughout the building and dissolve boundaries, creating conditions for chance encounters and conversations that spark innovation.

A generous ground floor plaza, activated by rain gardens and cafe seating, creates a welcoming and animated frontage along College Street, while the exterior terraces of the winter gardens above offer expansive views of the Toronto skyline. Together, these public, outward-facing territories inscribe the building's tapered massing, articulating a permeable building edge and establishing contextual datums that connect to the surrounding built environment. Envisioned as a luminous beacon for discovery and exploration, the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre supports the University of Toronto's aspiration to create a dynamic incubator for intellectual exchange and world-class research. 

Conceptualizing a center for academia, industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Building form connects building and landscape