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Take an online tour of the Daniels Building

The Daniels Building, completed in 2017, is the Daniels Faculty's home base in Toronto. The building, designed by Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner, principals of NADAAA (in collaboration with architect of record Adamson & Associates, landscape architects Public Work, and heritage architects ERA) has 30,000 square feet of studio space, an expansive main hall for lectures and public events, an 8,000-square-foot public design gallery, an on-site library, and a digital fabrication laboratory equipped with the latest in design technology.

Our building has been the recipient of almost two dozen awards, including the Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse (2019), a Toronto Urban Design Award (2019), and an AIA Education Facilities National Award of Excellence (2019).

There's no substitute for experiencing the Daniels Building's inspiring spaces in person, but below is a brief video tour of the facilities and grounds. Keep scrolling down to see some photos.


The southern wing of the Daniels Building is the Knox College building, originally constructed in 1875 to serve as a Presbyterian seminary:

The Daniels Building's south facade


The northern wing of the Daniels building is a modern addition, completed in 2017. In the foreground here is Darwin's Hill, an experimental landform designed by the Daniels Building's landscape architect, Public Work:

Darwin's hill


Inside the "old building" — that is, the southern wing of the Daniels Building — the hallways are lined with pinup boards. Professors often hold reviews in these spaces:

A Daniels Building corridor


The Daniels Building's main hall can hold over 400 people at a time. It's both a lecture hall and a venue for public events:

The Daniels Building's main hall


The student commons is a gathering place for students, staff, and faculty. It's also the location of Cafe 059, a student-run commissary that sells affordable coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and bagels:

The Daniels Building's commons


The Eberhard Zeidler Library has a collection of over 37,000 volumes of design-related literature. It's a popular study space for Daniels students:

The Eberhard Zeidler library


The Eberhard Zeidler Library's stacks:

The Eberhard Zeidler library


The Daniels Building's state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication Laboratory has laser cutters, waterjet cutters, CNC routers, 3D printers, and a robotic arm:

The Daniels Faculty's robotic arm


The undergraduate studio is a vast, open, collaborate workspace on the building's second floor:

The Daniels Building's undergraduate studio


And here's the third-floor graduate studio:

The Daniels Building's graduate studio


The graduate studio ampithteatre acts as an informal gathering space:

The Daniels Building's graduate studio


The Architecture and Design Gallery, which opened in November 2019, is a permanent space for the display and exploration of new and prescient design concepts:

The Architecture and Design Gallery


The Daniels Building's north face looks very different from its 19th-century south face:

The Daniels Building's north facade


The building is located at 1 Spadina Crescent, a rare break in downtown Toronto's street grid:

An aerial view of the Daniels Building

Photographs by Nic Lehoux.