University of Toronto--Mississauga Campus, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre

Mississauga, Ontario

  • FIRM

    Shore Tilbe Perkins and Will


    University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus

  • AREA

    98,000 sq.ft.





This academic library creates a highly sustainable environment supporting collaborative study and digital information retrieval for the university’s population of 16,000 students. The prioritization of "people space over collections space" led to the accommodation of 100 percent of the bound collection in mobile compact shelving, freeing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$225.00FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers generous perimeter spaces for study and lounge areas. This open and flexible arrangement maximizes access to daylight and views to the naturalized setting of the campus.

The design is inspired by the form and kinetic play of traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. The building’s distinctive cladding, its structural manipulations, ceiling treatments and interior finishes all work to support the metaphor of a wooden puzzle that is opened to reveal the central treasure of knowledge.

The library provides a vibrant focus for student activity and a new gateway at the north end of the campus. An integral part of the campus master plan, the building provides indoor and outdoor pedestrian linkages and public spaces that have made it the center of student life.