Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new Wilson School of Design in Richmond, B.C. is subtle and chic in its interior design, but with a sleekly modern exterior.
The building was designed by KPMB Architects and Public Architecture + Communication. Construction on the school could not begin until the site was densified and preloaded with gravel to solidify the delta silt. To control the more than 1$ million cost for this, a light build was important, according to Canadian Architect.
Design architects compare the structure to a ship with its post and beam woodwork, steel decking and concrete raft slab.
The $36-million building for 500 students was paid for by three funders. A third of the cost came from the British Columbia Government and another third was chipped in by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Shannon and Chip Wilson of Lululemon Athletica and Kit + Ace empires donated most of the last third.
The building is home to six faculties: graphic design, fashion design, product design, technical apparel design, fashion marketing, and interior design.