Yaqan Nukiy School

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Creston’s Lower Kootenay Band has been running a successful primary school program on their forested lands for years. Enrollment at the Yaqan Nukiy School program has exploded in recent years which has resulted in the need for more classroom and administration space.  This new school designed by Studio 9 is currently under construction and slated for completion in May 2016.

North Shore Hall Renovation

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The North Shore Hall located at 675 Whitmore Road in Nelson has just recently undergone extensive exterior and interior upgrades designed and administered by Studio 9 Architecture.  Over the past decade this community built hall that has been a long standing piece of Kootenay architecture and an important shared asset to the local community has fallen into disrepair and become severely underutilized.  The North Shore Hall is located near the orange bridge and is easily accessible to people from Nelson as well as residents from surrounding areas.  The renovation will keep the hall safe and open to the public for years to come.  The hall space on the main floor is available for rent through the RDCK while the lower floor will be used by Nelson Search and Rescue.  A second phase of renovations and improvements are scheduled for 2016 which include a new floor and kitchen among other things.

The Long Road to Becoming an Architect

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Nelson Rocha is now a freshly minted architect!  Nelson has been with Steven and Studio 9 almost since the beginning and has recently become a registered architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.  It has been an extremely long and arduous road filled with years of schooling, exams, courses, and working with Steven but the reward has finally come.  Please welcome Nelson to this new phase in his career.  Congratulations!

Kootenay Climbing Association Gym Underway

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Studio 9 has engaged as the coordinating architect for the installation of the artificial climbing gym at the 10th Street Selkirk College campus gymnasium. It’s a great opportunity to both be in involved in this great community asset, and a very interesting technical construction strategy. Stay tuned for site images and an opening of the facility this fall.



East Shore Residence – Video Fly Around

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Studio 9 utilizes advanced 3D architecture design and modelling software to assist clients in understanding their project prior to construction.

Click here to view an example of a 3D fly around for one of our projects.  3D animations can be created for any of our projects.  Varying degrees of rendering can be applied to these animations from basic (shown here) to photo realistic.




Shambhala Savoy Renovation

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Studio 9 is prime architect for the renovation and re-purposing of the Savoy Building. Working closely with a team of engineers and the owner, the ‘Savvy’ will once again come to life as one of the most interesting and lively music, food and over-night stay venues in downtown Nelson. Currently, the Savoy sits as a defunct and unsightly major commercial building on Nelson’s critical artery, Baker Street. Making this building come to life is one of the more important and interesting projects for Studio 9 to date, as it plays such an important role both to continue a historic story of a 100+ year old building, but to also participate in creating another facet of Nelson’s culturally rich fabric.

Private Residence – Kimberly, BC

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Just beginning construction this Spring 2014, a nice little contemporary bungalo that explores a custom design process and pre-fabrication delivery method.

Studio 9 deployed a full solar analysis to understand how to inhabit the site to the fullest potential. An interesting result was a narrow column of sunlight entering the site at specific times of the day and season, and the architecture grasping this light for full enjoyment.