Academic Building – Squamish, BC
Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).
The 50,000 square foot Academic Building is an unconventional structure designed specifically to suit the needs of Quest University’s unique program. With class sizes capped at 20 students, the building forgoes typical classrooms for smaller seminar rooms supplemented by breakout rooms. The corridors have numerous niches and other spaces suited to the idea of informal learning and part of overall approach to education that could be described as 21st century learning. Also in the building are labs and faculty offices.
The building is organized around a steeply sloping and roughly circular exterior courtyard landscaped with indigenous plants and trees. The view into the courtyard provides a framed and intensified experience of the native mountain forest.
Like the Library building at Quest, heating and cooling are provided by an in-slab radiant heating and cooling system drawing from a ground-source geo-exchange system.
Photos by A. Larigakis