The Marian Hall renovation and new addition represents an expanding and evolving vision for both the University of Prince Edward Island and the Province of PEI as a whole. One of the University's objectives with this project was to move teh school and the province onto the world stage of commerce.
The new facility offers a range of spaces and technologies that allow for maximum flexibility and social potential for both campus curricula and special event related functions. The new addition and renovated Marian hall are pin-wheeled volumes that permit both increased visual aspects of the surrounding campus and effectively create two new campus quadrangles with existing adjacent buildings. These new quads bear a direct relationship to the interior spaces of both structures and are also an extension of the existing network of collegiate spaces within the historic UPEI campus. Formerly a university residence, Marian hall is an excellent case of adaptive reuse as faculty and administration office spaces and boardrooms are now housed within this historic building.
The attached new addition borrows the special relationship from the ancient Greek Parthenon that of a temple encapsulated by a porous and structurally expressed colonnade. Here the inner volume is an acoustically designed, sound volume housing lecture, teaching and workshop spaces. This inner volume is surrounded by social and flexible space that enables the student body and public to completely circumambulate the inner program space. This social zone is bathed in natural light and is highlighted by the large public atrium at the main entrance to the project.
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects were the Design Architects and Prime Consultant in association with N46 Architects.
2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Merit