Architectural Photography: Engineering 5 Building – Waterloo – Perkins+Will
This week, we bring you our Southwestern Ontario tour chronicle from…the East Coast. As we embark on a flight to Nova Scotia for an architectural shoot for Perkins+Will, we thought the timing was perfect to share an other P+W project with you. This one was a short shoot to document the exterior and feature staircase of the Engineering 5 building at the University of Waterloo. The University of Waterloo’s Engineering Five building is one of the largest structures on campus and consolidates previously dispersed departments.
The weather conditions, while seemingly unfavourable to the untrained eye, provided for some spectacular opportunities, where the building blended magically with its surrounding. As the clouds further dispersed through the day, we enjoyed some pristine conditions to showcase the exterior facade. The feature staircase, while one of the most interesting and exciting ones we have had to photograph, turned out to be a bit more challenging to capture: the staircase is seemingly enclosed in a narrow glass chamber, providing little to no clear shots of the staircase. Beyond shooting through thick glass, the reflections from the large windows surrounding the building as well as from the overhead light fixtures required some alternative solutions. These are the kind of challenges we relish and thrive on. We did in fact have a few tricks up our sleeves too that allowed us to take home the prized shots!
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