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Laurentian University Student Centre

Firm LocationToronto, Canada
Project locationSudbury, Canada
CompanyGow Hastings Architects
Lead ArchitectPhilip Hastings and Amber Salach
Design TeamGow Hastings Architects: Valerie Gow, Interior Designer; Jim Burkitt, Design Director; Allan Banina, Project Architect; Nancy Chao, Project Team; Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture: Laura Teddy, Project Team; Robert Andre, Project Team; Maurizio Presot, Project Team
ClientLaurentian University

The Student Centre is the University’s first standalone building completed in its 57-year history. The Centre features a two-storey atrium lounge that offers students a shared place to build kinship and cultivate community. Built on a topographically-challenging site, the Centre celebrates the bedrock on which it sits, and reflects the lakes and forests that frame its views. With a brow-like design projecting the L-shaped building from its carved-out site, the Centre is rooted in the landscape. It functions as a vital juncture, linking east and west campuses with a centralised gathering place.