Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

“This wonderful facility will be a gathering place, promoting wellness, a healthy mind and a healthy body. It provides traditional and new opportunities for residents and visitors to enhance their life experiences in a modern and exciting atmosphere.”

His Worship David Walker, Mayor, Town of Bridgewater

The forested landscape and rolling hills along the south shore of Nova Scotia are steeped in maritime traditions. In Bridgewater, for centuries, the timber industry has provided material for the construction of buildings and boats.  Stemmed from this rich context, Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre connects the surrounding community.

Entering from the north, a vast, light-filled galleria runs through to the south. Overhead—as in most of the building’s spaces—Douglas fir beams-and-decking creates warmth and rhythmic environment. From this generous space, the arena to the left is visible where seats for over a thousand spectators follow the slope of the site down to the ice surface. At the far end of the galleria, a library awaits. Beyond, to the right, a large pool reflects the surrounding forest.

The connection with the natural environment permeates the building’s systems. Utilizing both passive measures, such as natural ventilation through open windows, and other active measures (such as heat recovery from the ice plant), the building operates at the highest levels of sustainability.

Informed by nature’s cyclical processes, Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is a place for individuals of all ages and abilities—in pursuit of health, fitness, play, leisure, and community.

Client Town of BridgewaterCounty of Lunenburg
Completion 2014
Sustainability LEED Gold Candidate

In Joint Venture with Lydon Lynch Architects
Photography Tom Arban Photography

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2015 Atlantic WoodWorks! – Nova Scotia Non-residential Project
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