Set at the crossroads of two historic transportation routes, the Waterloo Region Museum celebrates the area's pioneering past and technology-driven present in an iconic landmark building. The museum’s colourful “quilt wall” of illuminated glass panels is based upon the vivid hues of quilts woven by early Mennonite settlers, but the interpretation is high-tech: computer code translates into colour a seminal quote by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier that speaks to community, identity and Canada’s emerging cultural mosaic. The quilt pattern appears at the museum’s main entrance, where translucent panes overlay the names of Waterloo Region’s seven cities and towns with images from the museum’s collection. Inside, linear strips of black walnut and black granite set into the floor represent the historic Old Huron Road and Grand Trunk Railway; in the Grand Hall, where they intersect, a section of railway track is revealed under glass.
The Waterloo Region Museum is the first museum building in Canada to achieve LEED certification.