Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School

Penticton, British Columbia

Perched on a bank with stunning views of the city of Penticton and Lake Okanagan, this native school has an expressive and confident form which contrasts dramatically with the surrounding desert landscape. The south face of the building has substantial overhangs to protect against the hot summer sun, while allowing winter sunlight to penetrate the building.

The structure, which bears on a piled foundation, consists of curved glulam and steel frames as well as traditional wood frame construction. The unique organic form was achieved well under budget, thanks to the versatility of timber materials.

Client: Penticton Indian Band
Architect: Irdedale Group Architecture
Budget: $5.9 million
Completed: 2010
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