Inuvik School, Inuvik, Northwest Territories (2008)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Pin/Taylor Architects (architectural firm)

Inuvik School, Inuvik, Northwest Territories (2008)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0.27 l.m. of textual records
    1200 digital files (4 GB)
    634 drawings (including 613 reprographic copies)
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's project for the Inuvik School, later known as East Three School, in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The project consisted in the landscape design and a playground design for the new school replacing the Sir Alexander MacKenzie elementary school and the Samuel Herne Secondary School. Oberlander worked on this project from 2008 to 2012 with architects Pin/Taylor. During her design process, Oberlander consulted the teachers, parents, staff and students on ways to express their culture in the landscape design. She also had to adapt her design to the extreme climate of the region. Oberlander located the play court at the angle of the two buildings of the elementary school and the secondary school, to shelter it from the wind, and allowing small children to play outside. The plant selection was made by "harvesting local site and surrounding area for plant material" [1] and was also inspired by traditional cuisine. The project was completed in 2012. The project series also includes some documents related to a project possibly unrealized of the Jim Koe Park also in Inuvik, near the school.

The project series contains design development drawings and working drawings, such as planting plans, irrigation plans, grading plans, landscape sections, and site plans. The drawings also includes sets of building plans used as reference. The project is also documented through correspondence, including with architects, suppliers, and consultants, specifications, scope of work, schematic design and design reports from architectural firm, minutes of meetings, and research material.

[1] Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages, p. 197.
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Inuvik Northwest Territories Canada

Related units of description:
  • Contains some documents related to Oberlander's project for the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building in Yellowknife. See also AP075.S1.1991.PR01.

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