This Governor General’s Medal-winning design reflects a sculptural attitude towards the building’s picturesque site. The facility forms a physical link to adjacent facilities on its main level and externally across an extensive green roof connected to the University’s second-level circulation system. The project provides a flexible system of teaching spaces. These are brought together in a shared social space, overlooking the project’s two courtyards. The building is tucked into the landscape, creating an architectural and natural promenade that brings one into repeated contact with the Otonabee River landscape. The design was intended to be both a respectful and innovative addition the Trent campus campus, designed by the legendary Canadian architect, Ron Thom. Instead of simply placing the building on the site, the building becomes part of the landscape itself, embodying a reverence for local landscape and allowing the land to literally extend over the roof of the building. These green roofs and natural cleansing of all storm water underpin the building’s overall environmental approach.