The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (Lazaridis Centre) at the University of Waterloo was selected for the Design Excellence Award by the Ontario Architects Association (OAA).
The annual OAA Awards program celebrates the architectural innovation and design of Ontario architects, students and interns. After narrowing 140 submissions, 20 finalists were announced for the Design Excellence Award March 6. Today, the Lazaridis Centre and its Toronto-based designers, KPMB Architects, were announced as the winners.
Constructed to the most stringent scientific standards — including controls for vibration, temperature, humidity, electromagnetic radiation and more — the Lazaridis Centre enables quantum information and nanotechnology research at the highest international level.
Thousands came to see the Lazaridis Centre for its grand opening September 21, 2012, and for the Doors Open event held shortly after, including some high-profile guests.
“[Waterloo] is special for many reasons, including its collaborative culture, its research excellence, its philanthropic visionaries, and its leadership in post-secondary education. The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre showcases each of these qualities in the context of this building’s architectural genius," said theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking at the grand opening.
The $160 million building was created with the support of Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Canada.
Learn more about the design of the Lazaridis Centre on our YouTube channel:
- The Architecture of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre
- The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre — Interior Architecture