Harmony Commons at University of Toronto Scarborough opens in Toronto

New Student Residences Targeted to Become the Largest Passive House Dormitory in the World

Harmony Commons at the University of Toronto Scarborough has officially opened, and Handel Architects was there to celebrate with the University. The building is situated in the center of the University of Toronto Scarborough 300-acre campus, and was developed to elevate and invigorate the standard for student housing.

Designed to house 746 first-year undergraduate students, this new student residence will serve the wider campus with its first full dining hall, and house central offices and event spaces to support student life.

Harmony Commons is the largest dormitory to incorporate Passive House design, a German certification program, which drastically reduces the energy needed to operate the building. The high performance building envelope utilizes a vertically patterned aluminum thermally broken cladding system whose texture and dynamic pattern diffuse an otherwise repetitious grid of windows. The earthy tones were inspired by and are evocative of Scarborough’s regional geography.

Congratulations to the Handel team and our partners CORE Architects, Arcadis IBI Group, PARTISANS, The Planning Partnership, SWA, Integral Group, Jablonsky Ast & Partners, RDH, and Pomerleau!

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