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University of Waterloo’s New Prismatic Engineering Building is a ‘Daylight Factory’

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On March 15, 2011 @ 10:50 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Green Building | No Comments

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The six story building consolidates a number of departments that were previously spread out in other buildings and includes four stories of departmental labs, classrooms [1] and offices above the two story daylit Student Design Centre (SDC). The SDC has instructional and design space on the second story, which overlooks a long row of high concrete framed work bays and shops for fabrication and exhibition space.

A geometric Tron-inspired staircase lit with LED lights is the highlight of the central atrium and the building is clad in a fritted glazing [2] with an array of graduated dots patterned to create the illusion of a series of protruding pyramids. Engineering 5 features a number of informal meeting areas, as well as a green rooftop terrace [3] and a 2-story hanging garden that dominates the west facade and signifies the building entry. While LEED certification [1] was not sought for this engineering building, it does feature plenty of sustainable features to make it worthy.

+ Perkins + Will [4]

+ University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering [5]

Via ArchDaily [6]

Images ©Lisa Logan Architectural Photography [7]

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[1] classrooms: http://inhabitat.com/uc-davis-modern-student-health-center-targets-leed-gold/

[2] fritted glazing: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-icelandic-institute-is-an-ice-frosted-eco-citadel/

[3] green rooftop terrace: http://inhabitat.com/category/green-roof

[4] + Perkins + Will: http://www.perkinswill.com/work/university-of-waterloo.html

[5] + University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering: http://www.engineering.uwaterloo.ca/

[6] ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/118949/engineering-5-building-perkinswill/

[7] Lisa Logan Architectural Photography: http://www.lisalogan.ca/

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