Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

November 2017

Toronto, Ontario

The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (TDCCBR) brings together 400 specialists in various fields to advance the University’s groundbreaking research in molecular biology. The layout encourages interaction between disciplines and researchers, through flexible and technically advanced research laboratory floors.


Situated on the edge of the historic U of T campus, the 12-storey transparent box is elevated above a new public way connecting the city to the historic campus centre. Gardens, lounges, offices, seminar rooms and a cafeteria make this a very welcoming environment to work and be in. The architects created a multi-storey glazed atrium between the new building and the historic building to the west.


The shallow plates of the lab floors maximize daylight penetration and, depending upon demands of specific research requirements, allow for natural ventilation. Double-and triple-height gardens are located at various points on the perimeter of the lab floors, providing valuable informal meeting places for researchers, students and staff. Each facade is treated differently to address individual programmatic and climatic requirements.


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