Doors Open Toronto 2019 (May 25 & 26)

The Bissell Building shows how Brutalist architecture can be humanized and adapted

Explore what's behind the concrete slab walls of the Faculty of Information. Formerly the Library School, the Faculty now trains a wide range of information professionals. Its grads work in data science, user experience design, archives, academia, and, yes, libraries. As the Faculty has changed over the decades, so has its building, which now houses its recently renovated Inforum library, "makerspaces," and fully modernized classrooms. See it all at Doors Open.

Doors Open Toronto showcases many of the city’s most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. Presented this year by Great Gulf and the City of Toronto, Doors Open is marking its 20th anniversary. Its theme, as it celebrates its first two decades and looks forward to the next 20 years, is “20 Something”.

Arial View of Faculty of Information

The Faculty of Information will be showing off the Brutalist architecture of its Bissell Building with tours and exhibits. Both the recently renovated Inforum and the KMDI-Semaphore makerspace feature on the tour’s itinerary. Among other things, there will be 3D printing demonstrations in the makerspace and a mini-exhibit, including videos, which tells the story of the construction of the Robarts Library complex including the Bissell Building.

Tours are scheduled on both days at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. The building will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last entry scheduled for 4 p.m.

At the other end of Robarts, the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library is also welcoming visitors to Doors Open but only on Saturday the 25th.

Other participating UofT buildings include First Nations House, the Faculty Club and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. You’ll find all the Doors Open details on the official website.

  • Bissell Building

  • Inforum

  • Makerspace