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Niagara College Welland Student Commons

PrizeHonorable Mention in Interior Design / Other Interior Design
Firm LocationToronto, Canada
CompanyGow Hastings Architects
Lead ArchitectValerie Gow
Design TeamGow Hastings Architects (Prime Consultant): Philip Hastings (Partner-in-Charge), Valerie Gow (Interior Design Principal), Jim Burkitt (Design Director), Hugo Martins (Project Manager); ENSO Systems (Mechanical & Electrical); WSP (Structural); Paula Hicks Food Service (Food Services); MGM Consulting (Civil); PMA Landscape Architects (Landscape)
ClientNiagara College

Surrounded by Ontario’s escarpment, the Student Commons is a 35,000 sf two-storey hub that establishes a welcoming heart for the student community. The double-height addition breathes life into the 1970s Welland Campus with new student areas and a north-facing entrance that enables natural light to uplift the student experience. Playful details reinvigorate the campus, including X and O shaped pendant lights, whimsical circular LED lights, and supergraphics that are visible from outside. Oversized lettering, chevrons, and dots on the glazed expanse give an instantly recognizable brand.