Acton Ostry Architects has won the top two awards from Interior Design Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC) 2007 awards: the IDIBC Best in Show Award and also an IDIBC Gold Award of Excellence.
The two awards were received for the King David High School project in Vancouver, an independent Jewish high school that fuses the traditions of Judaism with the educational requirements of the Province of British Columbia. All elements of the building are linked symbolically and functionally, with the intent of promoting educational, environmental and cultural values within the broader community.
The school is a long, thin two-storey structure featuring an open, centrally located multi-purpose space that is used for student assemblies, worship and social activities. Circulation wraps and bends around the focal space as a constant reminder to students of their cultural and spiritual heritage. Finish materials are highly durable and include naturally-finished wood, glass, concrete and masonry. The outside space furthers the cultural references through a network of landscaped terraces treated as an allegorical biblical garden.
This project has previously received a 2007 Canadian Wood Council / BC Wood Works Award and a 2006 Vancouver Regional Construction Association Award.