Student Life Centre wins Award of Excellence at the London Urban Design Awards
December 10, 2015
The Darryl J. King Student Life Centre at King’s has won the Award of Excellence from the London Urban Design Awards in the highly competitive Building Category. The award was presented on December 10, 2015 to Cornerstone Architecture and Perkins+Will. Entries for this category include: an individual building, or a composition of buildings, which achieves urban design excellence through its relationship to the public realm, its massing, detailing and pedestrian amenity. The submission for the Student Life Centre documents and highlights how the building contributes to the quality of place.
The primary criteria for the Award are: positive contribution to the public realm/quality of place; architectural excellence; and, demonstration of fulfilling a clearly articulated urban design intent.
The Student Life Centre was recognized for its ease of pedestrian access, street front appearance onto Waterloo Street, use of light and creating a sense of space.
On hand to receive the award were architects and landscape designers from Cornerstone Architecture along with Craig Minielly, President of King’s University College Students’ Council, Claire Callaghan, Director of Libraries and Erin Lawson, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs.
The Darryl J. King Student Life Centre opened in January 2014. It includes a Learning Commons that flows from the Cardinal Carter Library. As well, the $14.7 million dollar building is home to the Students’ Council, fitness centre, reflection room, the 480 seat Kenny Theatre, classrooms and meeting rooms. Lovingly referred to as “King’s Living Room”, the Student Life Centre is silver LEED certified.
This is the second award for the building. The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) previously named the Student Life Centre as a recipient of an Award of Merit.