Instructional Centre at UTM

University of Toronto Mississauga Instructional Centre

Designed by Perkins + Will Canada, the award-winning University of Toronto Instruction Centre's new building is certified LEED Silver, and was completed in 2011. 

The building's interior and exterior are both clad in a Zahner pre-patinated copper surface developed specifically for the project. The architects wanted a facade with an artistic patina, revealing the bare copper in some areas, and hitting dark points in others.

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Detail of the exterior copper facade.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

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Interior view showing the variance of brown and green copper.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

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Overhead view of the new building at UTM.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

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Students walking at dawn amidst the blue copper facade.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

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Interior view showing the variance of brown and green copper.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

Producing the Pre-Patinated Copper

Zahner patina technicians who clad the Instruction Centre's panels based this surface on the recipe for the Star Blue™ Patina, modifying its application technique for artistic effect. Zahner cultivates and trains patination experts for both their scientific prowess as well as their artistic vision, because many clients require a high-performance artistic patinated panel rather than a uniform machine-produced surface.

The pre-fabricated copper panels were shipped to the Zahner patination facility in Kansas City, where experts treated the surface and developed the patinated surface. Panels were crated and shipped back to the job site in Toronto, where the pre-patinated panels were installed by Flynn Canada.

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Freshly installed panels on the new building during construction.
Photo courtesy of Flynn Canada.

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Students walk up and down the main staircase.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

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Wide view of the artistic copper panels.
Photo © Lisa Logan, courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

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The mood of the patinated copper interior walls changes during the evening.
Photo courtesy of Perkins + Will Architects.

The Instructional Centre is built just northwest of the recently completed Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre. The new building features a cafe in the main entrance and lobby underneath the main staircase.

The Instructional Centre's design includes two lecture halls stacked vertically and organized into three towers, each clad in the pre-patinated copper. Each of these solid volumes enclose smaller perimeter lounges, enticing students to gather before and after lectures.

Learn more about the UTM Instructional Centre

The new Instructional Centre at University of Toronto has won several awards, and has been featured in the press. Below are a few links and resources to learn more about the latest building on the University of Toronto at Mississauga Campus.

The new building at University of Toronto is located at the north end of campus in place of a parking lot. View the location in Google Maps and learn about other projects with engineered by Zahner in the process. Read more about the pre-patinated Star Blue™ patina used on the surface of the building, or Contact Zahner to request custom samples for your project.

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