IBM Facility for Software Development
- 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.