Riding the controversial line between public and private space, this private research institute attempts to subvert the usual hard thresholds established by private enterprise in the public realm.
The site is on the shore of Silver Lake, at the northern edge of Waterloo's downtown core and the southern edge of the city's central park. Adjacent to its primary pedestrian access, between the university campus and the city center, the site is a wilderness between clearly defined worlds.
Located between the city and the park, the Perimeter Institute expands and inhabits the improbable space of the line that separates the two.
The design is inspired by the nebulous spaces occupied by the subjects of theoretical physics, at once micro- and macro-cosmic, rich in information and of indeterminate form and substance. The building defines the secure zones of the Institute's...