The challenge: to animate the building's facade with a meaningful narrative.
- Calgary, AB
- Mount Royal University
- 22,320 sq m
- 240,250 sq ft
- Targeting LEED® Gold certification
- Carson McCulloch Associates Ltd.
- Mulvey & Banani International Inc.
- RJC Engineers
- Smith + Andersen
- Stuart Olson Construction
- DIALOG Services
Designed to meet LEED® Gold Certification, horizontal and vertical exterior elements enliven the facades and provide sun shading. The central concourse is located at the heart of the building with clerestory glazing above, allowing increased daylight into the building.
“It looks as though it is on the leading edge of what libraries are these days… it is about education and the future of our city and province.”Clay Riddell, Donor
The idea of using binary code was explored. Here, a quote from Steinbeck is rendered in binary.
MRU's motto, 'Quam Bene Non Quantum,' was chosen and rendered into binary code.
The resulting pattern was incorporated into this rendering of the building's west elevation.
'Mount Royal University' is displayed in binary on the top and bottom rows. MRU's motto is incorporated into the middle row.