Completed in 2005, the 9,500 square metre King David High School is an independent Jewish school that fuses the traditions of Judaism with the provincial educational curriculum. The long, linear form and massing creates a strong streetwall edge along a busy thoroughfare that runs through the Oakridge neighbourhood of Vancouver.

The heart of the building is a multipurpose space that serves as sanctuary, assembly hall and student lounge. In 2017, the former library was transformed into a bright, light-filled 21st century learning commons with social and study spaces to support core skill competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to help students thrive in today’s world.

Construction materials are spare and durable and convey a sense of permanence: poured-in-place concrete, integrally coloured concrete block, Jerusalem stone, and glulam columns and beams.

recognition

2008

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Special Jury Award

Masonry Institute of British Columbia Award of Excellence

2007

Interior Design Institute of British Columbia Best of Show Award

Interior Design Institute of British Columbia Gold Award

Canadian Wood Council Wood Works Institutional Wood Design Award

approach

approach

group study

group study

flexible study space

flexible study space

student space and sanctuary

student space and sanctuary

lounge

lounge

learning commons

learning commons

study

study

multi-purpose

multi-purpose

stair

stair

sport court

sport court

herb garden

herb garden