A Radical Experiment: Complex B/South Residence

"The Biggest & The Best in Coming Here," The Ontarion, Volume 32, No. 5, February 9, 1967, (Guelph: The Ontarion, Inc.)

"The Biggest & The Best is Coming Here," The Ontarion, Volume 32, No. 5, February 9, 1967, (Guelph: The Ontarion, Inc.) from Regional & Campus History Collection, Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library (RE1 UOG A0177).

In 1966, up-and-coming Australian architect John Andrews, who had recently completed Scarborough College at the University of Toronto (1962/1963) was commissioned to design “Complex B,” a radical and experimental university residence. Urban legend contends that a penitentiary architect designed this concrete “landscraper,” but in reality, it represents a state-of-the-art student residence design of the late 1960’s. Andrews’ vision and design established a new model for university residence life in Canada. Now known as South Residence, it exemplifies Brutalist architecture with its significant use of exposed concrete and bold geometric design making it a striking landmark on the University of Guelph campus.