IBM Facility for Software Development

Markham, Ontario
IBM Canada Limited
50,000 m2 | 538,000 ft2
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services


Markham Design Excellence Award, 2001

Located on an 85-hectare site traversed by the picturesque Upper Rouge River, this four-storey office campus, cafeteria and 200-child daycare centre for IBM’s 2,000-person community of software development employees is organized as four linked modules that orient the workspaces towards the naturalized river valley.

Several suitability strategies were adopted, including forest regeneration and improvements to the filtration of groundwater runoff. The use of flamed granite and green tinted glass on the exterior creates warmth, making the building a subtle intervention into the surrounding landscape.

The 50,000 m², $100M complex is served by surface parking for 2,000 cars and also includes a 5,000 m² data centre.