Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Most Colourful Building I've Ever Seen

Waterloo Region Museum, Ontario

Believe It or Not

The Waterloo Region Museum, designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects out of Toronto, designed the building with the alphabet in mind.

The colourful glass panel are "stitched together" using the hexadecimal code (a code used in mathematics and computer programming). The fa├žade of the museum uses the colours within the quilts found in the museum's collection.

When translated, the code spells out Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier's 1905 speech:

We do not want, that any individuals should forget the land of their origin or their ancestors. Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future; let them look to the land of their ancestors, but let them look also to the land of their children.
Image Courtesy of Moriyama and Teshima Architects
 Using the same hexadecimal code, the front door translates into the seven municipalities that form Waterloo Region.
Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich

Image Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Is this art?
Or math?
It's architecture, folks.

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