Size: 115,000 s.f.
The CIGI Campus is located on the only site in Canada bounded by three Governor General Award-winning buildings – the former Seagram Museum (which was adapted to house CIGI), the Perimeter Institute and the Clay and Glass Museum.
Balsillie School for International Affairs (BSIA) is one component of the CIGI Campus; a series of graduate schools and advanced research institutes inclusive of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).
Architecturally the concept revolves around the nature of the spaces that will support and promote the highest level of discourse, teaching and research. The design vision was guided by seven core principles:
- Vibrant Sanctuary
- Academic community
- Integration with CIGI and Waterloo
- Functionality, no Indulgence
- Symbolism and Image
- Local and global impact
The BSIA offers a contemporary interpretation of a traditional academic quad building, and is centred around a generous landscaped courtyard complete with a stone bell tower. Located adjacent to the CIGI building , which occupies the former Seagram Museum and historic 19th century barrel warehouse, it includes 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, and the masonry clad bar buildings that form the courtyard of the new school. The roof of the auditorium dramatically cantilevers toward Erb Street, and demarcates the entry to the academic complex.
The landscaped courtyard is the central focus of the new building. The court is enclosed by a glazed cloister with Douglas Fir ceilings and columns, the auditorium pavilion, and a 36 m water feature. One of the key challenges was to realize the vision of Jim Balsillie, the patron, to have a vibrant sanctuary. To that end the design of the new school encourages a high level of social interaction and mixing between faculty and students by including a variety of lounge, study and seating areas throughout the building, including a ground floor café on the court, and fireplace lounges in large glazed bays on the upper levels.
57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University
Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Steven Casey (project architect), Bruce Kuwabara, Joy Charbonneau, Glenn MacMullin, George Bizios, Erik Jensen, Vivian Chin, Ramon Janer, Carolyn Lee, Danielle Sucher
Conestoga Rovers & Associates (civil), Blackwell Bowick Partnership (structural), HH Angus & Associates (electrical), Crossey Engineering (mechanical), Transsolar (energy), Tillotson Design Associates (lighting), Aercoustics Engineering (acoustics), Engineering Harmonics (AV), Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (landscape architect), GSP Group (planning), Leber/Rubes (building code), Turner & Townsend cm2r (cost), Kaizen Foodservice Planning & Design (food services), Entro | G+A (signage), Brian Ballantyne Specifications (specifications), Trillium Architectural Products (hardware)
Gregory J. Bewick and Associates
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January 09, 2014
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April 09, 2013
CIGI Campus Receives RIBA International Award
June 21, 2012
Building Waterloo Region: No Small Plans Exhibit
July 05, 2014
- 2016 The American Architecture Prize
- 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture
- 2014 Governor General's Award
- 2013 Architectural Record, Good Design is Good Business Award
- 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence
- 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF), Finalist
- 2012 The Royal Institute of British Architects International Awards
- 2012 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner