April 9, 2011
Renderings were recently released that show what the Ryerson’s new Student Centre at Yonge Street and Gould Street will look like.
The design, which was jointly generated by a Norwegia firm, Snohetta and Toronto’s Zeidler Partnership, is heavy on the glass (unlike Ryerson’s 1970s-era library, which will be behind the new building) and will feature 2000 study spaces, a public square, two floors of retail and a bunch of open study-loungeish places that are apparently meant to evoke an intellectual salon.
Christopher Hume, the Toronto architecture critic, gave the design a thumbs-up calling it “the most exciting building to appear in this neighbourhood in decades.” Blogto.com’s post attracted a colourful mix of reader reviews that ranged from impressed to, well, quite unimpressed. Many felt the design recalled Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, but disagreement reigned as to whether this was a good or bad thing.