The École Victor-Brodeur was developed under the leadership of Marie-Odile Marceau to provide kindergarten to grade 12 education to the francophone students of the greater Victoria region, as well as serve as a community centre for the francophone community. The 3-story building, which was designed in close partnership with community and school staff members, includes a day-care centre, pre-school spaces, general and specialised classrooms, multi-functional spaces, a gymnasium doubling as a large presentation space and a black box theatre.
The building is designed to respond to the urban nature of its context as well as the rocky and sloping conditions of the site. For this context, the design team selected a simple structural system composed of concrete blocks and concrete panels with an emphasis placed on efficiency and economy. The project has received a LEED silver accreditation for its sustainable features, which include a highly efficient mechanical system, a durable rain-screen envelope, generous natural light and environmentally-friendly materials.
The building’s entry features a large art display composed of 500 self-portraits painted on glass by students and teachers, giving the effect of a stain-glass window casting playful shadows of light in the building.