J.W. SEXSMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  Vancouver, BC

This new 18-classroom elementary school forms a graceful arc that opens toward its playground and the low-angle winter sunshine. Certified LEED Gold, the building uses a combination of south-facing glass, thick insulation, and a geo-exchange field to operate at 40% below the national Model Energy Code. Natural ventilation is provided by a curved central atrium that faces prevailing winds. The landscape is designed to produce a variety of interesting play areas for students of all ages.

SIZE

47,835 square feet

CLIENT

School District 39 (Vancouver)

SERVICES

Architectural, Space Planning and Interior Design

PRINCIPALS

Richard Iredale, James Emery and Graham Coleman

COMPLETED

2013