Saanich Senior Living

The Saanich Senior Living residence will bring new life to a Gateway site in the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood. The residence will provide a memory care neighbourhood and an assisted living neighbourhood alongside independent, supportive living. Community commercial activities will continue to be hosted on the site through the rehabilitation of the Brookman’s Grocery store as a locally operated coffee/tuck shop. The owner group has worked closely with the Gorge Tillicum Neighbourhood Association to refine form and character, ensuring that there is an appropriate fit between the proposed development and this established neighbourhood.

Contractor: Knappett Projects
Developer: Campion Group
Year Completed: 2018

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