Brentwood College School – The T.Gil Bunch Centre for Performing Arts

The T.Gil Bunch Centre for Performing Arts at Brentwood College School is the outcome of a close collaboration between Christine and renowned BC Architect, Paul Merrick. In relocating from Vancouver to Victoria, Christine inherited responsibility for developing and implementing design solutions for some of Paul Merrick Architects unique island projects. Designed under the strict direction of Headmaster Bill Ross and incorporating the aspirations of donor George Killy, the “Bunch Centre” embodies the spirit and commitment of namesake T. Gil Bunch. Containing the central gathering and performing space for this independent school’s campus, the audience and stage chambers, the building scales down in its sloping site through the stepping of roofs, patio decks, teaching and learning spaces which support the music, dance and performance curriculum of the school. The 20,000 sq.ft. building is a centerpiece for the campus and boasts the initial impetus for the geothermal ocean source system of heating and cooling, which has now expanded to include several buildings on the south end of the campus.

Contractor: Kinetic Construction Ltd.
Client: Brentwood College School
Year Completed: 2001

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