Halifax Grammar School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Halifax Grammar School underwent a renovation and addition to its existing Tower Road campus. Every square foot of the School now offers a setting for learning. By seamlessly blending the classic revival architecture of the Tower Road School with a new and modern facility, the Halifax Grammar School has become a unique and innovative learning environment for the teachers, students and surrounding community.
Understanding that no two students learn in the same way, the design proposed varied learning environments throughout the school and within the instructional spaces. The key design concept of the school was an activity commons flanked by the existing Tower Road School wing and a new classroom wing. These wings cradle a landscaped outdoor courtyard, an interior library courtyard and a large gymnasium and theatre. The stakeholder group was an important contributor to the design and understood the importance of a shift to a learning environment that fosters experimentation, exploration and peer interaction.
The central theme remains focused on inspiring and motivating students to embrace learning; to pique their curiosity, challenge their intellects and to enjoy the rich social milieu of the school experience. The siting, form and massing of the addition were all carefully considered to accentuate the beauty of the original school, while providing new light filled learning spaces for the students.