• Elaina Samardzija

Case Study: National Research Council Advanced Manufacturing Program

Updated: Mar 16

The Winnipeg Advanced Manufacturing Program facility is slated to be a state-of-the-art research-based manufacturing facility promoting innovation in the high-tech automotive and aerospace industries in Canada.




A statement of progressive technology is conveyed by the more than 13,000 stainless steel panels of the building façade. Our designers emphasized this unique feature with linear lighting along the roofline that creates a grazing effect.


The soft white light captures the subtle movements of the flowing kinetic panels which is in contrast to the brighter interior illumination of the laboratories. The overall lighting concept allows the public to see inside the individual labs, keeping with the National Research Canada mandate for openness and transparency.


To achieve the intended effect, a full-scale lighting mock-up was performed during the integrated design process. This real-life model demonstrated how different lighting effects and colour temperatures would create the desired nighttime illumination, helping to inform the final design.



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