Winfield Arena Addition
You wouldn't know it to look at one, but in small town British Columbia hockey arenas are a community's most significant public build. Developed to accommodate a growing constituency with evolving needs, the Winfield Arena Change Room Addition is, in its most simple guise, the modest provocation that dressing rooms can be luxurious as they are rowdy.
The addition anticipates general circumstances without dictating specific terms.
The project's siting establishes conditions that form the basis for current occupations and future programmatic opportunities. The new public corridor is intentionally generous and more public room that corridor in practice. It offers overlook to the ice, moments for pause, and together with the new players' entry, binds the addition to the existing building. At the same time, its West exit establishes the appropriate conditions for future facility expansions: it anticipates general circumstances without dictating specific terms.
Defined by the constraints of a small town budget and at best unforgiving users, the architectural expression of the change room addition is an essay in material economy and robustness. The familiar palette of concrete block and expanded metal mesh are thrifty and durable, and both are deployed to address the brutal realities of angry and enthusiastic hockey players (and their moms).
The concrete block is ground-faced, revealing an unexpected serene colouring; the expanded metal mesh is ubiquitous, producing a sense of expansiveness and yielding a greater sense of volume.