Darcy Granove was the Landscape Architect for this project while employed at Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc.(2011-2012)
Photo credit: Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc.
This school is in an isolated First Nation community accessible only by air and some winter roads during the winter months. It is situated in the majestic boreal forest along the north shores of the Cat Lake river system in Northwestern Ontario. The building and site location were selected to create framed views of nature. An Integrated Design Process engaged local residents after a fire had destroyed the existing school. The community rallied to share ideas and both youth and elders were truly excited for the new addition to their community. Several sports amenities and playgrounds were chosen including baseball and soccer fields as well as a hockey rink. Two separate locations were identified for two age-appropriate play areas; both kindergarten and intermediate age kids had unique play spaces designed with durability and maximum play value in mind. Custom community logos were incorporated into a welded wire fence enclosure to define the area and create a safe, yet playful space for the children of the Cat Lake community.