Terrence Donelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

South Facade double skin window panels

The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular research is situated within the discovery district and at the south edge of the University of Toronto campus. It stands as a tall glass structure amongst comparatively low brick clad buildings that house historical medical research facilities. The Terrence Donnelly building welcomes onlookers with an entrance plaza that allows passersby to witness the impressive south facing facade in its entirety.

East Facade - Tinted windows represent DNA barcode

Each of the four facades of the Terrence Donnelly building include rather unique characteristics. The south is the most grand through its full facade exposure and playfully offset patterned double skin glass window panels. The east facade is covered in ceramic fritted glass panels that form the shape of a double helix DNA strand when looked fromafar and the west facade interestingly uses color to represent the DNA barcode.

The interior of the building demonstrates how closely knit the Terrence Donnelly building is with its adjacent medical facility neighbors. The Rosebrugh and the Medical Science building directly adjacent to the Terrence Donnelly building seem to break right through the interior exposing their exterior walls to the interior space of the garden and lounging areas.

North and West Facades - Fritted glass panels on west facade create image of double helix

All in all, The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular research is a modern landmark within the University of Toronto Campus.


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