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Centenary Project


The Centenary project for Shawnigan Lake School is well underway. The centerpiece for the Learning Commons will be the new library addition to the refurbished Main Building. The library embodies the vision of its Headmaster, David Robertson, embracing principles of interdisciplinary learning. Pods of study and learning spaces surround a simple extruded volume that is punctuated by distinct spaces including a formal reading room, a formal boardroom/conference room and an immersive simulation room. The program also includes an archival storage room in a distinct subterranean volume. The building is supported by a timber frame which is graciously daylit thorough a transparent perimeter and skylight glazing.

Year Completed: 2016
Contractor: Campbell Construction
Client: Shawnigan Lake School
Photographer: Sama Jim Canzian

Edges: a RE proposition

June 18, 2017


Aspirationaly, every architecture project could be an ecotone.

Ecotone – a transition area between two biomes – it is where two communities meet and integrate.

The operative elements of this definition being “meet” and “integrate”. Edge conditions in the built environment have evolved to be separators, demisers, delineators. In the interest of re-engaging with our world, to leveraging physics and moving toward more sustainable solutions, architecture needs these edges to meet AND integrate.

And so, CLA has been putting that idea out to our clients. It’s not a new idea, yet it is a reframing for many folks. Not surprisingly lots of RE words populate the conversation:

  • Re-engaging
  • Re-framing
  • Re-storation
  • Re-generation
  • Re-connect

All of these edges of RE bring us closer to meeting and integrating. With what? With the context in which a built environment operates, and that includes nature. And with an ecotone, the focus is on transition – there are no barriers, separators, demisers or delineators. Time to re-imagine the possibilities!


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Writen By Christine Lintott