SKATIN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING Skookumchuck, BC
The form language and inspiration for this administration centre was drawn from the black bear. The building shape represents the hunched posture of the bear, with its strong legs firmly planted on the earth below. The gabled roof with rounded corners reflects the natural lines of a living creature. The roof transitions to form the walls, enveloping the interior spaces in a protective embrace. The dark tones of the building skin reflect the black bear’s coat. The buildings underbelly is light, but cave-like. The stone chimney follows the form language expressed by the building shell and wraps down to create an intimate ‘den’ with fireplace, display spaces and seating area.