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Glass, concrete walls and a reflecting pool frame the outline of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, a Canadian research institute built in Waterloo, Ontario. The 18,000 square-foot building was privately funded and built on a public land boundary between the city’s urban center and a large park. The building is centered around two large spaces — a large corridor and a garden. The interior also houses administrative spaces, a theater and walkway conduits that tie the center’s uses together. The two-year design project came courtesy a team from Saucier + Perrotte architects, an award-winning Montreal firm. [via archdaily, photos via marc cramer]