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Scene: The New Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Get a sneak peek inside the bold new Yonge Street landmark, set to open in January 2015.


WHERE: 341 Yonge Street, at Gould Street

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21

WHAT: A new downtown landmark and a new space where Ryerson University students can study, collaborate, and hang out. Designed by renowned architecture firms Zeidler and Snøhetta and scheduled for completion this winter, the Student Learning Centre has already begun to reshape a once-drab stretch of Yonge Street. In contrast to the brutalist library that stands immediately east of the 155,000-square-foot construction site, the new building is airy and full of light—with its striking glass curtain wall and panoramic views, the SLC welcomes the city in, rather than shutting it out completely. According to Zeidler architect Vaidila Banelis, louder spaces will occupy the lower levels of the building, while the top floors will be devoted more to quiet study. The $112-million structure will also feature a green roof, a bridge to the library, and an extension of the university’s Digital Media Zone.