Gateway Tofino

A modest, affordable housing development catering to Tofino’s service industry employees. A combination of unit types including live/work, one bedroom flats and two and three bedroom townhomes is offered. The project acknowledges the recreational mindset of potential owners and accommodates bicycles, surf boards and kayaks in additional to the usual accoutrements of daily living. The project boasts a robust envelope and considered detailing to mitigate the west coast rainforest climate.

Contractor: Westisle Construction
Client: Le Fevre & Company
Year Completed: 2012


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