A 1,600 SF building, named ‘The Cabin’ by local residents, is the new home of Sea to Sky Community Services preschool and out-of-school care programs. Serving the needs of the Squamish community, the daycare provides educational space to 20 pre-school children and a before and after school care program for 24 children.
A partnership between School District 48 and SSCS, Studio Hub Architects designed and facilitated the project, working with the local Authorities Having Jurisdiction and fire department, to design a new early childhood daycare facility, outdoor play + classroom area and associated parking lot design. Designed and constructed to high building envelope standards, the indoor-outdoor relationships is enhanced with strategically placed thermally broken aluminum curtainwall glazing. A robust wall assembly is clad with locally sourced cedar, and vertical standing seam metal cladding wraps down to form the gable end walls. White birch plywood lines the interior of the educational play area which a focus on improving children’s wellbeing and creating a calming environment. Black chalkboard painted walls allow for the children to create and draw as they queue for the child sized toilets. A sense of playfulness is curated throughout, from wayfinding and signage to the interior finishes.