Global ICT Centre

Montréal, Québec
20,700 m2 | 223,000 ft2
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services
MSDL (Associate Architect)
Wingardhs (Design Architect)

The Global ICT Centre was one of only three facilities worldwide at the time of its completion to be designed as a state-of-the-art research and development laboratory for IT space. WZMH’s design addresses the challenge of creating dynamic architecture for a building that’s function dictates an exterior without windows. The project features a 15 m-high exterior screen of white perforated steel plate metal, faceted to produce a visually textured effect on the windowless facade.

The building is designed in a modular format containing twelve components, each with IT and technical space, and accommodates a wide range of power densities and flexibility in cabinet configurations and sizes. A two-storey office and administration area also forms part of the Centre. Mechanical and electrical equipment is located not only in the interior but also outside the building behind the architectural screen. For enhanced flexibility to meet future needs, the mechanical and electrical piping and conduit routing run below the raised access flooring and above in accessible catwalks.