The James Stewart Centre for Mathematics
I recently came across images of the 2003 renovation of the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University in Hamilton. On the outside, the building looks like a typical Hogwarts-like castle, but on the inside it’s really something different. As Garth Zimmer, a member of the design team, describes the project,
“The objective was to strengthen the identity of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and to create a facility that recognizes the interactive nature of mathematics with spaces that promote team-based study and research. The design concept imposed a highly modern interior onto the historic Collegiate Gothic exterior. The interior demolition revealed the concrete post-and-beam construction. A new insulated envelope was inserted to preserve the original stone cladding of the exterior wall and the windows. Portions of the floor slabs were removed to create “the void”, which, articulated in blue glass, visually connects the building’s four storeys. Skylit openings at its east and west end allow natural light to be drawn deep into the interior spaces.”
This renovation gives a sense of identity to the building and faculty. The many chalkboards demonstrate Math’s creativity and the glass environment creates a sense of awe. What a beautiful and inspiring building! For more information, click here.