W. Ross Macdonald School

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Greg Poste, Josh Bedard / MMMC Architects

W. Ross Macdonald School

“If you’re in one, it would almost seem like you’re in someone’s home.”

– Aaron Moffatt, Co-ordinator of Operations and Support Services, OME

Creating a 'home-like' setting for students

The real heart of this home are the living pods, where each group of students sleeps, eats and spends time with their roommates.

Kitchens feature dark millwork that contrast with white dishes and serving platters, helping low-vision students gain independence at home. The shared bedrooms are spacious, with light coloured walls and black door frames, which help identify the opening and prevent people from hitting their shoulder against it.

Each pod is identical so when students visit one another or move pods year after year, they are already familiar with the floor plan.

“Rather than follow the old, institutional model with a central corridor and bedroom doors that open off of it, we’ve created individual pods that are almost like apartments: they have a dining room, kitchen, common space, study rooms and bedrooms. If you’re in one, it would almost seem like you’re in someone’s home.” – Aaron Moffatt, Co-ordinator of Operations and Support Services at the Ontario Ministry of Education