Bill Crothers Secondary

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Paul Stevens, Partner / ZAS Architects

Bill Crothers Secondary

“Every hallway terminates with a floor to ceiling window to look outside. We wanted to encourage the students to daydream, to rejuvenate, to get a connection to nature or simply give them a sense of time passing and a reminder of the outside world.”

Paul Stevens, Senior Principal

Bill Crothers has great hallways and stairwells.  We approached this aspect of design with the idea that every space can be a learning space and that includes the Hallways in this school.

Every hallway terminates with a floor to ceiling window to look outside. We wanted to encourage the students to daydream, to rejuvenate, to get a connection to nature or simply give them a sense of time passing and a reminder of the outside world. Perhaps these views help students become more interested in science, the environment and biology. They certainly help people feel connected to the physical site and put a smile on their faces.

There are concrete benches throughout the Hallways to provide places for conversation, for group projects or for one on one teacher-student conversations. We provided many external views from the Hallways; it’s not a rabbit warren of dark corridors you find in some schools.

The main idea we embraced with the Bill Crothers’ Staircases was to showcase the stairs as an easy everyday way to be active by using them whenever you can. We wanted to support the idea that climbing the stairs can be a pleasant experience if done right. As an example, we used glass in all the staircases which bring in soothing, healthy daylight.

To further make it an enjoyable experience, we have different colours for each floor. This colour scheme orients people and helps them find where they are going. As a tie in to the sports-centric nature of the school, we used the Olympic colours. While we aimed for attractiveness, we kept in mind the heavy use of the stairs and so the material used in the Staircases is a very durable, porcelain tile.

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