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With Its New Addition, Robarts Library Turns the Page


A U of T St. George Campus landmark embarks on a new chapter

Diamond Schmitt Architects is rewriting Robarts Library’s reputation. Nicknamed “Fort Book” because of its jagged shape and narrow windows, the brutalist University of Toronto book repository will soon gain a more inviting new wing. Five extra storeys of study space add character to the building’s west side, while a fritted glass exterior will allow for expansive views, facilitating a lively dialogue between street and structure.

Originally featured in our Guide 2016 issue as Urban Update: Turning the Page.


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