Ryerson University

Printed façade in Toronto, Canada

The digital ceramic printed glass façade that envelopes the Ryerson University Student Learning Center creates a unique visual impact.

The glass curtain wall is both attractive and practical, with the combination of the graphic design and the functionality of the glass creating varying light qualities within the interior space.

Prelco bid on the Ryerson project before owning a Dip-Tech printer but was able to quickly get up to speed with the new technology. Ryerson was an ideal first project because it was complex and large, which accelerated the learning curve. The project was required to meet LEED standards and come in under a set budget, while maintaining the integrity of the design. Digital ceramic glass printing was the key enabler to meeting all of those traditionally conflicting requirements. They used 20 patterns that were flipped, creating 40 patterns that together produced the desired effect. Visually, the digital printed façade had a profound effect on the overall look of the building.

The panels were fastened to mullions with silicon so there were no protrusions, for a clean and smooth appearance.

This creates a feeling of one large and unique structure, as opposed to a standard building with stacked floor plates. In addition, the building itself serves as a beacon of light in the evening, reflecting the university’s presence on the street.

ARCHITECT Zeilder FACADE DESIGN Snøhetta GLASS PROCESSOR Prelco PRINTED AREA 5,000+ sqm 53,820+ sqf NUMBER OF PANELS 3000+ TYPE OF GLASS Triple sealed unit, 45mm IMAGE COPYRIGHT Clifton Li