a neighbourhood beacon
The building features a generous two-storey volume lobby and viewing gallery, an administration office block, an extensive commercial kitchen, and a variety of different-sized classrooms throughout the second floor. A thick exposed concrete wall separates the gymnasium from the rest of the building and anchors the building as its central spine. The exterior site is enhanced to support the new variety of uses and includes a new playground space, expanded community gardens, a playing field, a substantial increase in planted vegetation and trees, and a notably extended entrance procession off of Northey Avenue.
The most significant architectural gesture is the utilization of a translucent polycarbonate facade material around the second floor of the gymnasium. This prominent architectural element enables the building to resemble a beacon or a lamp within the centre of the community, as it appears to float above the ground plane. The soft ambient glow contrasts against the darker natural landscape the building is embedded within, reinforcing the notion of the project resembling the safe and warm hearth of the local community.