Phase 1 of the Reliance Learning & Development Centre is organized in an L-shape around a triangular plaza. An outdoor amphitheater occupies the southwest corner of the site in the short term. The long term plan provides for a new, 1000-seat auditorium.
A five-story classroom and training bar is positioned on the north side of the site and oriented along an east-west axis. Projecting boxes on the south façade help to express the interior training room function. The top floor has community rooms and faculty lounges, as well as a large roof terrace.
The double-height meeting room bar is positioned on the east side of the site and oriented along a north-south axis. Long span steel trusses facilitate large, flexible meeting and exhibition spaces. The trusses are concealed in sculptural light monitors, which help to bring diffused daylight deep inside the building.
The exterior material palette is composed of local stone, metal, glass and wood finish panels. Stone planes, boxes and bands organize the various components of the building into a cohesive whole. Lobbies and primary circulation spines are expressed in glass and afford views out to the central plaza.
Large expanses of glass are set back from the face of the building to provide interior shading. Horizontal sunscreens are incorporated on south-facing façades and brise-soleil are incorporated on west-facing façades. The brise-soleil pattern is repeated in the mullion design to provide additional texture and scale on the façade.