Strathcona Schoolhouse

Location: East Georgia Street
Partners: Take Root Properties Inc
Completion: October 2010

The client Mark Shieh of Take Roots Properties Inc was interested in three changes to his schoolhouse converted condo. First, was a desire to have plants growing on the roof for both visual interest and to act as inspiration from inside the building and from street level. Second, was to install art posts as a means to support a local art alley project. Third, was to add garden walls and a gathering space to the front yard.

Projects in Place created a design that would meet each requirement. This project involved tackling a lot of new issues including designing with metal and building rammed earth walls.

The planters create visual interest, require low maintenance over the years and demonstrate the value of native species. The art easels were designed to be durable and artistic. The rammed earth component of the design will be constructed during the second phase of the project. This project culminated in a build event with a fantastic group of volunteers including residents and interested neighbours.

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