Kiilinik High School

Kiilinik High School

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Location: Cambridge Bay, NU

Date Completed: 2002


The Cambridge Bay High School, designed as a heritage-based community education centre, was developed in collaboration with the elders and youth of the community. The community’s Cultural Heritage Centre and public library are incorporated into the building, resulting in a facility that must not only meet the needs of the students of Cambridge Bay, but also those of the community at large.

The design of the campus and the building are a sensitive response to the snow accumulation, drifting patterns and sun and wind patterns of the site.  The rounded building turns its back to the wind, minimizing snow build-up on and around the building and using natural wind-flow patterns to scourge the perimeter of snow.  Clerestory glazing and roof lighting are designed to capitalize on the amount of light entering the school in winter when daylight is limited, while reducing the amount of light, heat build-up and glare created by a summer sun that never sets.