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Craigdarroch Castle Visitor Centre


The Craigdarroch Castle society expanded the interpretive spaces of the Castle proper through decanting visitor operations into an adjacent, existing heritage home. The residence at 1070 Joan Crescent, also owned by the society, has been evaluated for character defining elements and the adaptation of the home to a visitor centre celebrates and refurbishes those elements. A modest addition is proposed off the south end in order to provide accessible and visual transition between the Castle site and the visitor centre.

Contractor: Campbell Construction Ltd.
Client: Craigdarroch Castle Society
Year Completed: 2017
Photographer: silentSama architectural photography

Building Lasting Change

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.


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Writen By Christine Lintott