Schulich School of Business, York University

Toronto
Photo © Ben Rahn
Photo © Ben Rahn
Photo © Steven Evans
Photo © Steven Evans
Architects
Hariri Pontarini Architects
Year
2003
Cost
1M - 100M
Stories
Undisclosed

The 300,000 sf building for the Schulich School of Business both participates as a model citizen in the urban design master plan for the whole campus and at the same time establishes its own individual identity as a refined composition of buildings. Occupying a whole block of the campus, this complex is a composition of individual buildings skillfully brought together thematically, materially, and volumetrically into a unified whole. The Executive Learning Centre program accommodates mid-career students who attend special classes and are housed in a hotel attached to the school. These students are at the south end of the building, marked by the landmark tower and double height dining room for the Executive Learning Centre. Schulich’s Executive Learning Centre (ELC) reinforces the School’s mandate of innovative learning with a first-class corporate setting. The ELC is a 60-suite integrated residence and education centre offering short-term and long-term residence programs to business executives and corporations. In the manner of the world’s best boutique hotels and first-class lounges, the ELC simulates a familiar and elegant business environment that caters to executives in every detail with stylish guest suites; a strong sense of privacy; spectacular views; enhanced classrooms with comfortable furniture; a fitness facility; lounges equipped with personal internet access; and an elegant dining room serving fine food and an outdoor courtyard. Each guest suite is equipped with a fully integrated desk and work area. The ELC’s combination of residential dwellings and sophisticated, educational environment with spaces for team teaching and team learning brings corporate learning to a new level that is unmatched in Canada today.

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