KINGSTON, ONT. — Queen’s University John Deutsch University Centre Revitalization in Kingston, Ont., designed by HDR and MJMA, was recently awarded the Canadian Architect magazine Award of Excellence.
The student centre was one of six to receive the highest designation Award of Excellence from the annual design awards program.
The building is designed to be a student hub at the heart of the campus that houses student clubs, a pub, meeting rooms, 100-room residence and large assembly spaces for concerts, performances, debates and exhibitions. As an addition and a renovation to a heritage building and a reimagining of the landscape around it, the design addressed issues spanning from functionality and access to sustainability and safety, indicates a release.
Switchback planes connect the two levels of the student center, creating a multi-layered experience that highlights and supports student safety, wellness and campus culture, adds the release.
“This is an intelligent and effective addition in the heart of an established university campus,” said jury member Joe Lobko partner at DTAH, in his comments.