Canadian Forces Kitchen and Dining Facility Recognized in 2016 OAA Design Excellence Awards
Part of a large masterplan to create a pedestrian campus at the Canadian Forces Base in Borden, Ontario, the Curtiss Kitchen and Dining Facility is one of two new dining facilities intended to replace the dozen or so disparate ones currently being used at the base. With a capacity to seat 1,500 military personnel per meal, 750 at a time in two sittings, and an intuitive programmatic layout, the dining facility demonstrates that utilitarian spaces can also be interesting and inviting.
It's most distinctive feature is the dramatic glue laminated tree-like columns and arches. These structural elements, along with the sweeping views of the natural context, provide diners with a comfortable and peaceful environment for meals – a welcome respite in an otherwise grueling schedule.
ZAS Architects and Jean-Christian Koch Architecte in joint venture