Designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Photo by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
Designed as both a community space and a centre dedicated to the cultivation of Chinese culture and traditions, this project comprised a public library and cultural centre, although the master plan also includes the future development of a Chinese theatre, garden and separate school.
The concepts of Feng Shui were instrumental in driving the design of the project, both in the exterior spaces as well as the mechanical design.
Phase I was completed in 1998, Phase II in 2004
Boiler stacks are carefully situated on the roof in a culturally-sensitive manner that avoids any suggestion of creating the Chinese symbol of death. A large gathering place offers full southern exposure and, with wood and stone prominent in the design, presents a welcome location for morning Tai Chi. Energy-efficient mechanical systems include a central chiller and boiler plant, variable volume air handling systems, and gas-fired humidification. The undertaking of an extensive life cycle study helped to justify the use of a central plant system for the entire complex.