LAPS Feline Isolation
What is this, a centre for cats? Well... yes.
The Langley Animal Protection Society has operated since 2003. Their mission is the promotion of physical and emotional health of companion animals in the Langley. Often messy and sometimes dangerous, but always satisfying, LAPS is an organization whose work has benefited both the people and animals who call Langley home.
We were approached in 2014 to help develop the program and design a new purpose built facility dedicated to the care and treatment of feline captures. Part of a campus of modest out buildings surrounding the existing main facility, the LAPS Feline Isolation building sits within one of the few remaining areas of the site available for building - constrained by creak and road setbacks, nearby buildings, and site access.
Construction to begin in spring 2017, the facility will boast five dedicated isolation rooms, a main treatment-exam room, multipurpose rooms, and cat "condominiums".
The building's exterior expression is a nod to the community's prevailing building typology: utilitarian farm buildings that are often straightforward and fondly neglected. In this case, a bold-ribbed corrugated cladding and robust detailing recalls shipping containers already present on-site, while the entry has been cut away to present a warmer and more inviting idea of entry shared with the main building.
THE PEEL AND THE FRUIT
With a modest building area and even more modest budget, the effort to demonstrate threshold, or to create space, is particularly hard. At LAPS, we have taken a bite through the peel of the building, revealing the warm wood fruit of the entry.