More and photo gallery after the jump.
It includes the Hub, which totally transforms the 1960s atrium with a hot-red welcome desk and cool “pods” for academic counselling. Then there is the Collaboratory – for group study and hanging out (see photo at the top of this post); and the Salon, a quiet-study space decorated with two vintage nail-art murals (see photo below).
The project also improves the acoustics, the lighting and the atmosphere of the whole structure. The Scott Library was part of the York campus’s development in the 1960s, designed by three of Canada’s top modernist firms along with landscape architect Hideo Sasaki (history of the campus in PDF). It’s an interesting, but forbidding, building.
Toronto has many Brutalist public buildings like this – solid, formally interesting and urbanistically unfriendly. With this project, Levitt Goodman shows how they can get a new start in the 21st century.
Photos by Ben Rahn/A-Frame (above and below; first four in slideshow); Bob Gundu (others in slideshow).