WZMH Architects and HDR Architects collaborated with Spring Valley Corp. to fulfill the design requirements of this unique Government of Canada project.
CSEC required a building that would support cutting-edge technology and human creativity, and promote a culture of teamwork and collaboration.
To fulfil this objective, Spring Valley created a translucent panel called “iTrans”. Age- old logs were sourced from the depths of Georgian Bay and then sliced into 0.40mm thick veneer. They were laminated into panels which allow light to come through the wood, creating an amazingly warm glow.
To create the structure, the curved frame was built with tubular structural steel that was shaped to extremely tight tolerances. The entire structure was then covered with an extruded aluminum substructure.
The unique ceiling, designed by Eric Sommer, was created by hand cutting douglas fir in a random wavy pattern. to create a natural texture with beauty of the craftsman’s touch. The CSEC Headquarters building in Ottawa illustrates Spring Valley's ability to realize any architectural vision.