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Nazko Health Centre

Type: Public

Date: 2014

Location: Nazko, BC

Firm: McFarland Marceau Architects

The Nazko Health Centre is set located in a remote village, 1 hour west of Quesnel in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia. The northern landscape, is characterized by small trees of pine and spruce and gently rolling hills. The new health centre, is a significant addition to the small community of 300 residents. The main feature of the new building is the community health room, a place where health staff can meet with groups of patients to provide diabetes and nutrition education. The space will also be a place for children to play, after-hours community gatherings, and is served by a large kitchen. The room is round – in the shape of traditional buildings – and lined with vertical wood boards and columns to recall the surrounding forest. Windows are arranged as vertical slots to frame views into the landscape. Other important features of the interior are skylights to provide a healthy day-lit environment and natural wood The design also included furniture selection that integrates with the architecture to create a warm, healing environment for both patients and staff.

The exterior of the building is clad in dark corrugated metal, and broken by areas of wood cladding to recall the stands of spruce and pine trees. The dark colour of the building blends with the landscape and the sloping roofline gently curves, creating a silhouette that matches the profile of the surrounding hills. The main entry is carved into the building and lined with wood boards to create a sensual, soft entry that faces the community to the south-west.

Completed with previous firm: McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd., Vancouver BC