This project called for the renewal of the main entrance to University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus and greater connection to the community. The client had a need for a new gateway feature, and engaged Kearns Mancini in developing a vision and concept for the project.
What UTM desired was a substantial sense of presence at the front-door to its campus; a design that would be impossible to miss but also something that was in keeping with their history and location. A focus group took these ideas and worked with Kearns Mancini. As the work progressed through various iterations and with Kearns Mancini‘s guidance, the design team captured perfectly what the UTM was trying to envision and achieve.
The massive, asymmetrical, cliff-like structure that guards the main entrance to the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto is as much sculpture as gateway. Its rugged, arresting presence both welcomes and challenges. Constructed with blocks of limestone filled with fossils, crushed by ice and quarried on a nearby site, the structure evokes time immemorial. Its aggressively angular, ever-shifting parameters, pay homage to the first Principal, the great geophysicist and geologist Tuzo Wilson (1908-1993), who advanced the theory of plate tectonics. The product of the creative genius of Kearns Mancini Architects, it recalls their powerful evocation of Ireland’s western cliffs at Ireland Park.