Ryerson Monoliths – The George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre

From afar it looked like a cross between an assemblage of crystal ice-cubes and a building pulled straight out of The Minority Report. Tinted turquoise-blue in the afternoon sun, numerous glass panels provided a glimpse of the activity that was going on within the structure. It was a quiet sentinel, a nexus from which streams of individuals entered and departed – I had never seen anything like it before. Taking a quick breath, I pulled open a door and took my first step inside. 


Greetings, fellow readers! Hard to believe that we are more or less at the half-way mark for the Fall 2013 semester, huh? In between studying, completing assignments, and exploring the campus vicinity, I often find myself asking questions about the incredible buildings and structures at Ryerson University. In fact, a recent late-night encounter with Ryerson’s beautiful Image Arts Building has inspired me to start a new series of blogs focused on some of Ryerson’s amazing architecture – “Ryerson Monoliths.”

The brief excerpt above was a description of my first encounter with Ryerson’s George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, more commonly known as the “Engineering Building.” Even if you aren’t a student under the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS), it is quite likely that you will have at least one class in the George Vari Centre during your time at Ryerson.

As a state-of-the-art science, technology, and research facility the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre was officially inaugurated in June 2005, and houses 4 floors as well as an expansive underground level. Featuring an award-winning green roof, a cutting-edge wind tunnel, and a glass facade that changes the translucency of the building in accordance to ambient light and the time of day, this structure is home to many of the engineers and architects of tomorrow.

I found a cool timelapse video of the structure as it was being constructed, and more specific details about the building’s construction can be found here. Additionally, a quick overview of the building and some of its’ quirks can be found in this Ryerson University YouTube video.

Until next time, strive on comrades!

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