In the Canadian Architect magazine – RAIC Gold Medal 2018 edition – the award winners were Saucier + Perrotte Architects!
The magazine is full of articles including biographies of Gilles Saucier and Andre Perrotte. The 32 page magazine also includes photos and articles about their impressive portfolio as well as words of appreciation. It is clear to see that Gilles and Andre have become internationally renowned and respected.
One of the featured projects is the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.
Alcotex® was the Aluminum Composite Manufacturer of Record and supplied 10,000 sq. ft. of Aluminum Composite Material on this job. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2004 and has accumulated numerous awards and worldwide acclaim.
The Perimeter Institute is a private, not-for-profit think tank that works with 28 Canadian Universities to attract scientists who study quantum physics. The client had originally obtained a list of five firms and had planned to conduct a two-stage competition of interviews followed by design submissions but hired Saucier + Perrotte promptly after the interview with the firm.
“In my view, the most significant project to date in their impressive portfolio is the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo from 2004. The firm was selected to design the international research centre, which was initially funded by Blackberry founder Mike Lazaridis. Locatedon a nebulous site on the edge of Silver Lake close to two other important public institutions, the project creates an artificial landscape atop which sits the building organized in three primary east-west bands. The southern zone, with its remarkable science-inspired facade, houses administration; the northern band presents a staggered array of cubic offices (a device used in many subsequent projects) and the middle creates a public atrium zone. The design brings all of the devices Saucier + Perrotte has so carefully cultivated into a unified whole, an environment intended to inspire scientific collaboration and breakthrough; an addition to the Perimeter Institute was completed by Teeple Architects in 2011.” (RAIC Gold Medal 2018)
(Photos from Canadian Architect RAIC Gold Medal 2108 issue)