Emera Innovation Exchange Opens in St. John’s

Emera Innovation Exchange Opens in St. John’s

Emera Innovation Exchange, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s new engagement hub located on Signal Hill in St. Johns, officially opened its doors to the public on September 29. The design was influenced by a east coast vernacular, which makes total sense – DIALOG principal Alison McNeil, the project’s lead designer, grew up in Newfoundland. Can you guess the cultural cues that informed these aspects of the design?

Increasing capacity with a glass addition…

The Juxtaposition of Old and New
A sustainable choice that serves a social purpose as well. People here have a deep-rooted connection to the iconic Battery Hotel. This design move acknowledges the importance of the history of this place. Also, why tear something down if it still works!?

The curved forms of the feature staircase…

A Gathering Stair
The stair’s curved forms emulate the ribs of a ship and are a tribute to the marine history of St. John’s. The staircase doubles as seating for lectures and recitals and an informal gathering space for the building users.

The red information desk…

Colour as an Identifier
As is traditional throughout St. John’s, colour is employed as an identifier throughout the facility. MUN’s oxblood red marks points of welcome and interaction as a means of wayfinding.

Congratulations to Memorial University and the project team!

We’re excited for the folks who will get to work here on a daily basis: The Office of Public Engagement, The Gardiner Centre, The Harris Centre, The Genesis Centre, The Battery Business Office, Newfoundland Quarterly, MUN’s Pensioners’ Association, and Business and Arts Newfoundland.

Learn more about the Emera Innovation Exchange at http://www.dialogdesign.ca/projects/emera-innovation-exchange-memorial-universitys-signal-hill-campus/

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