Stair of the week: Saucier + Perrotte Architects at John Abbott College

It’s more than a design trend; it’s a movement called Active Design, where architects find new ways to encourage movement and exercise. In Quebec’s John Abbott College, Saucier + Perrotte architects have taken stairs to new dramatic heights. It’s all about mixing it up: The central atrium space allows easy access to other levels, fostering connection, communication, and sense of community between disciplines. Movement converges at this central node of the building, which becomes an active zone throughout the day, allowing for spontaneous exchange of ideas. Exhibitions and activities take place in the foyer, permitting students and visitors to derive benefits and inspiration from cross-disciplinary ideas.



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