A New School for Lunenburg

27 11 2011

We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us..

This was what Winston Churchill said after the House of Commons was demolished in one of the last raids of the London blitz.

In March 2011, I wrote a Post about the Lunenburg Academy and mentioned that a new school was to be built in Lunenburg.

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/lunenburg-academy/

The new Bluenose Academy will take the pupils from Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg High School, Centre Consolidated School and Riverport Elementary School.

Last Fall work began on the demolition of Lunenburg High School to clear the new site for the Academy.

Everything was taken away from the site by truck, apart from heaps of rubble which were used in the new foundations.

During the winter work began on the new steel structure.

The Architects of the new building are WHW from Halifax. You can see their plans for the school at their website.

http://www.whwarchitects.com/projects/current/bluenose/main.html

The building began to take shape.

Here the old Academy watches the progress.

It wasn’t too long before the insulation and cladding were  being added to the exterior.

and new windows filled the gaping holes.

A large part of the exterior shell is metal sheeting.

Black, white and red are used, just as in the old Academy.

There are solar panels to generate heat for hot water

And a wood-pellet boiler.

This building will have its critics. There will be those who attended the Academy, who feel that no new building can replace it. There will be those who were pupils at the High School, Centre School and Riverport School, who feel that these should have been kept.

I hope that this new building with a price tag of $18,000,000 will prove itself a worthy new establishment for the 21st Century and will shape the lives of its pupils.

Please leave your comments and opinions.

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5 responses

28 11 2011
Sybil

Yipes. Ummmm. Errrrrr. Well …. Hem …. ’nuff said about the new building.

What does the future hold for the Lunenburg Academy ? I love THAT building.

29 11 2011
jackiequeen

I love the Academy too, it is a real landmark building for Lunenburg. I will write about it once it has a new life. But, I am also a supporter of modern architecture and change. The old town of Lunenburg has a lot of heritage houses, but I feel new buildings have to represent the age we live in and not just be copies of the past. As a teacher, I worked in old and new schools and much preferred to teach in the new buildings, designed for a more modern age.

14 01 2012
The Hook

I loved the progressive nature of your shots! Well done!

27 04 2012
BToombs - Civil Engineer

As a newcomer to Nova Scotia (from the Berkshires of Massachusetts), I recently made a south shore trip from Yarmouth to Halifax, trying to take in the sights as best I could along the way (it was a work trip). I fully understand the functionality and need for modern facilities to meet today’s educational requirements and constraints. However….today’s architecture (and schools of architecture for that matter) would do well to consider and learn from the governing design principles of the past. Today’s modern architecture will not stand the test of time as even the design lives of these “modern” structures are much shorter than history requires. Architecture today must be discerning in determining what can be built and what should be built.

As for me, I was awestruck at your old academy when I drove over the hill on Rt. 3. The new one….I didn’t even realize it existed.

27 04 2012
jackiequeen

Thank you for visiting my blog. I think everyone in Lunenburg loves and is proud of the old Academy. However, I really feel that architecture has to move forward and cannot always just replicate the buildings of the past. The new buildings should look as if they are designed for the 21st Century.

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