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Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at John Abbott College

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Europa | Vienna

Designed by Saucier Perotte, the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at Montreal’s John Abbott College sits comfortably alongside its early 20th century neighbours arranged around a central open space looking out towards lake St. Louis. Sited to preserve the original radial campus layout, the new building folds slightly on itself to create a new public space and set up relationships with both interiors and the wider outdoor context.
Like the ginkgo tree at the centre of the campus, the pivotal structure of the new building is its spacious atrium, a skeleton space through which the exterior permeates the whole facility.
As well as an architectural fulcrum, the atrium and its staircase also serve as socialization spaces, points of contact between the diverse scientific communities inhabiting the building. The physical and visual interconnection made possible between the...

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