Canadian Space Agency

St. Hubert, Quebec
Client:
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Completion:
1993
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services
With:
LeMay & Associates (Joint Venture)

Awards:

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 in its display model of the Canadarm. A gently curving, linear circulation spine known as the Scientists’ Walk 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 shown in visible structural components and security systems which control access to research and development areas. The aerospace-themed design continues to be exemplified through the building exterior, which is clad in a taut and aerodynamic curved metal skin.