What people are saying about One Spadina

“[One Spadina is] a rare approach towards bringing a heritage building back to life through new construction, one respectful of the existing structure, while introducing new spatial qualities to the entire ensemble.” — 2014 Holcim Award jury

“The University of Toronto, NADAAA, and ERA Architects Inc. are to be commended for achieving something that is very difficult: designing a bold, modern addition to a landmark heritage building with subtlety and elegance.” —2014 City of Toronto City Planning Division Staff report to the Preservation Board

“[The Daniels Faculty is] going to bring the building back to life and, with it, the corner of Spadina and College. This is good news not just for the students, but for the whole city. [When it is complete] it will be the best reason yet to come to the corner of Spadina and College.” — Christopher Hume, Toronto Star

"Yet it is already spectacular – one of the best buildings in Canada of the past decade, rich with arguments about how contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism can work with history and build the city of the future." — Alex Bozikovic, Globe and Mail

"The Daniels Building, with its myriad moments of architectural delight, offers a fitting home for future generation of Toronto designers." — Peter Sealy, Abitare

"I can not believe how they have melded the old and the new so wonderfully. What a fitting place for a school of architecture." — Kevin Frankish, Breakfast Television

"A feat of form-making, site planning, and city building." — Ken Greenberg, Canadian Architect

"An architecture school lives on the belief that good buildings make a difference, both to the people that inhabit them and the city that surrounds them. The Daniels building proves it in style." — Marcus Gee, Globe and Mail

"This is a great example of how old and new can be seamlessly integrated. The addition improves on the experiential quality of the historic structure and makes it one of the most sustainable buildings on campus." — Pratik Raval, Associate Director, Transsolar

"The building takes inspiration from bioclimatic principles and capitalizes with orientation and daylighting." — 2019 AIA COTE Awards Jury Statement