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Anne-Marie Edward Science Building by Saucier+Perrotte

The "interior tree" staircase seen from outside

We have always been huge fans of the work of Montreal’s Saucier Perrotte. We have finally fulfilled a longstanding desire to photograph one of their creations. On a visit to our old stomping grounds (Amanda grew up in the West Island, while Younes went to University there), we connected with the wonderful people of John Abbott College to get the permission to photograph the Anne Marie Edward Science Building. And it didn’t disappoint! Given the time of the year and outdoor conditions, we had to limit ourselves mostly to interior shots. However, saying the word “limit” is a bit misleading as we could have spent two days photographing that staircase alone!

Here are some of our images, for more, please visit our featured gallery.


The vibrant orange central staircase is an architectonic symbol of the Gingko tree in the courtyard

detail of the central staircase at the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building

Exterior closeup of the central staircase at the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building through the glazing

The sky and clouds are reflected in the glazed facade of the building

Detail of circulation space

Abstract detail of the 4th floor interior balcony

Abstract detail of circulation space

From the Architects:

Located on a campus designed along Lac St-Louis in the first decade of the twentieth century, John Abbott College is home to more than 5000 post-secondary students, faculty and staff members. Its new Science Building, designed by Saucier + Perrotte architectes, is a state-of-the-art facility intended to foster the interdisciplinary nature of science, collaborative study and experiments, and the need for formal and informal learning. Designed as a showcase for sustainability, the singular, iconic form promotes a variety of pedagogical approaches through flexible classrooms, laboratories, learning centres, and informal spaces where ideas can be exchanged and creative interaction can unfold. The new building houses the College’s sciences — Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Prehospital Emergency Care, (Paramedic), and Biopharmaceutical departments — positioning the sciences and health technologies at the heart of the John Abbott campus. Sited carefully to preserve the logic of the radial organization that drove the initial campus planning, the new architecture becomes a node of activity on the campus.

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