ZAS Architects recently completed the cloud-like Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University in Canada. The undulating facade of the building is made from a series of triangles positioned according to a precise algorithm. The passing clouds are reflected in the sleek flowing facade that envelops the innovative interior, which was designed to facilitate a multidisciplinary learning experience.
The center is meant to become a hub of entrepreneurship, collaboration and creativity and aims to advance engineering education by encouraging students to become industry leaders with a social conscience. The school also aims to become the first engineering school in Canada to achieve a 50/50 gender balance. The entire design process was driven by these considerations, with student productivity and optimization of learning environments in mind.
The facade represents limitless creativity through reflectivity. Cloud-like triangular glass elements evoke the properties of a cloud, reflecting light and patterns of passing clouds across the campus. Inside, rows of desks and lecture halls give place to active learning classrooms, with multi-level material-testing lab and open spaces, integrated pods and audiovisual tools that encourage students to plug-in.
Photos by doublespace photography