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Umbriano pavers are used for the walkway leading to CIGI Campus, surrounded by an active parking lot.
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CIGI Campus at University of Waterloo
Project type
Academic & Healthcare
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Waterloo, ON
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Pedestrian
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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus is located on the site of the former Seagram Distillery, in WaterlooOntario, and also houses the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). The client asked for the campus to last at least 100 years and be a vibrantsanctuary that would allow for reflection, collaboration and discussion.

Architecturally this un-precedented concept revolves around the nature of the spaces, the scale, proportion and materials of thesurrounding 19th century industrial neighborhood. The contemporary interpretation of a traditional academic quad building is centered around agenerous landscaped courtyard, complete with a stone bell tower. Located adjacent to the CIGI building is an auditorium wing pavilion. This highly transparent pavilion bridges between the 19th century barrel warehouse which acts/functions as the entrance to the CIGI building. The roof of the auditorium dramatically cantilevers toward Erb Street, and accentuates the entry to the academic complex.

The landscaped courtyard is the central focus of the new building. It is enclosed by a glazed cloister withDouglas Fir ceilings and columns, the auditorium pavilion, and a 36 meter water feature. The landscaping uses natural limestone and slate in combination with Unilock’s Umbriano in custom Cream and Slate colors, convincingly designed to mimic natural limestone slabs with slate banding.

This project has been the recipient of numerous awards including 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence, 2013 Architectural Record, Good Design is Good Business Competition Winner and most recently the 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture.

Umbriano pavers are used for the walkway leading to CIGI Campus, with the muted tones matching the building's glass and architecture.
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Bake racks along the glass exterior of CIGI building on Umbriano paving bed with softscaping.
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