Donnelly in RIBA Running
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Donnelly in RIBA Running

As if Torontoist hasn’t given you enough reasons to take a look at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at The University of Toronto (Behnisch Architekten with architectsAlliance,) here is one more! The green building has now been shortlisted for the Lubetkin Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects and magazine Architectural Review (not to be confused with Interior Design magazine ‘Architectural Digest’)
More info and pictures from (Robonto’s private stash) after the jump!
[photo: Woodbine Beach – Flickr user Steve’o]


There are many different aspects tot his building that make it noteworthy. Firstly, the entire building is set back, giving a plaza space to the students. The glass facade is also sectioned in two parts, reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s piloties. That section in the middle, (and the one on top) houses all the infrastructure for the three floors below and above it.. and there’s a whole lot of lab infrastructure in a Biomedical building.


Inside, the building has actually latched on to the surrounding structures, bringing their facades inside, using them now as interior walls. But what makes the interior space so unique are bamboo gardens and green spaces on the different levels. Walking in during any season will literally be a breath of fresh air.


So go, see, sit, enjoy. And remember, architecture doesn’t have to be a big cow on stilts to be talked about internationally.


Also shortlisted was the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa (Moriyama and Teshima Architects with Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects) and Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle (Noero Wolff Architects) in South Africa. The prize’s namesake, Berthold Lubetkin, was a pioneer of Modernist design in the 1930s. He was in fact awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1982.