District of North Vancouver
North Vancouver, BC
Library Completed: 1995ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤCommunity Centre Completed: 1999
Library Area: 1,400 sm (15,070 sf)ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤCommunity Centre Area: 5,200 sm (55,970 sf)
Located near Mt. Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver, Parkgate Civic Centre offers a wide range of neighbourhood recreational facilities. The library, childcare, youth and seniors’ activity centre, health care services, all focused on a public square, creates Placemaking that is enjoyed by the community. A wood-trussed covered walkway links the buildings together. The complex harmonizes with its natural and residential surroundings, and maximizes available natural light and views of the adjacent forest.
Main entrance to the Parkgate Civic Centre. A trussed covered walkway links the community center with the nearby library.
A lantern element on the library acts as a beacon for the centre as well as the public plaza.
Parkgate Civic Centre at night. Timber acts as a foil to the light steel structure while contributing to the warmth of the space and responds to the natural forest setting.
Interior view of the gymnasium of the Parkgate Civic Centre. The window provide glimpses of the forest beyond.