Patkau Architects and MJMA to Design University of Toronto Tower

The cross-laminated timber structure will also be wrapped with glazed glass. All images courtesy MJMA and Patkau Architects.

The University of Toronto has announced that development is set to begin on a new 14-story tower. Designed by Patkau Architects and McLennan Jaunkalns Millers Architects (MJMA), the building will be the tallest concrete and timber volume in North America. Groundbreaking is forecasted for as early as the end of 2019.

Images courtesy MJMA and Patkau Architects.

The previous iteration of the design called for the incorporation of steel, but Ontario’s Mass Timber Institute incentivized the use of the natural material for its minimal environmental footprint. Erected atop the Goldring Center for High Performance Sport, the structure will be clad with cross-laminated timber in its core and envelope, while concrete will be used as flooring suspended across wooden beams and trusses. All concrete will be poured at once to expedite the construction process. Multi-angled glazed glass will wrap the tower, which will also be punctuated with skylights and diagonal planes that infuse natural light into the building’s atria and stairwells.