WHEN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA-BASED HCMA
ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN SET OUT TO DESIGN
THE CLAYTON COMMUNITY CENTRE, IN SURREY,
BRITISH COLUMBIA, THE FIRM IMAGINED A
PROJECT THAT WOULD PUSH ARCHITECTURAL
DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY, AS WELL AS
PROGRAMMATIC BOUNDARIES, AND BECOME
A CENTRAL PART OF LIFE FOR THE REGION.
With its location amid two secondary schools and forested
land, the Centre is designed to meet the needs of youth in the
region, while also providing spaces and opportunities that
connect the entire community. Arts and culture are at the
heart of the Centre, with spaces for music and recording,
a rehearsal hall, and a library, as well as healthy and overall
positive neighborhood experiences like a gymnasium and
fitness center, a community kitchen and garden, a
tool-sharing center complete with a community workshop,
and a variety of childcare and learning spaces.
The Clayton Community
Centre is a futuristic-looking
facility that acts as an extension
of the forest on its site.
(Image: HCMA Architecture + Design)