Canadian Space Agency
- St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- June 1993
- Joint Venture:
- LeMay & Associates
Quebec Order of Architects 'PRIX D'EXCELLENCE', 1994
Inspired by the science and technology of space travel, the design of the Canadian Space Agency celebrates the spirit and vitality of the country’s space program. The form and design of the entry rotunda is inspired by early satellites, and incorporates an accurately scaled representation of the solar system in its granite and marble flooring as well as a display model of the Canadarm. A gently curving, linear circulation spine known as the Scientists’ Walk organizes and connects all spaces within the building, including highly specialized research and laboratory spaces, clean rooms, robotic simulators, a mission control centre, and a conference and exhibit centre. The building features high-tech engineering, which is sometimes expressed in visible structural components, and security systems to control access to research and development areas. The aerospace-themed inspiration continues on the building exterior, which is clad in a taut, aerodynamic curved metal skin.