A legacy building, the Couvelier Pavilion is the cornerstone for the non profit Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. The organization lost it’s revenue generating glass house/wedding pavilion to an intense inferno in an early morning fire in February 2011 – the Couvelier Pavilion, named after the Centre’s visionary, former Saanich Mayor Mel Couvelier, replaces the lost structure and elevates the quality of facility that the Centre is able to offer to the community. Built from the sweat of the fundraising efforts of many, the new pavilion offers a modern timber frame enclosure with catering facilities, state of the art audio visual and conferencing technology, and seamless connectivity to the surrounding gardens.
Year Completed: 2013
Contractor: Denford Construction
Client: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
Photographer: Sama Jim Canzian
June 18, 2017
Deepening her engagement with the discipline of Biomimicry, Christine and fellow Vancouver Island Biomimicry Professional, Anne-Marie Daniel, attended the Canada Green Building Council’s Annual conference. Addressing this year’s theme, Building Lasting Change, their attendance sparked discussion and excitement around biomimicry philosophy and methodology as inspiration for design solutions for the built environment.
The idea of nature as mentor resonated. Invitations to lead workshops and give presentations were offered from as far away as Costa Rica, and included regional and local governments, educators, design professionals and business owners. Stepping in to meet the need, Ann-Marie and Christine will be offering their first workshop on Vancouver Island on October 4 through 6, 2017.