Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mystery building on Hornby Island

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A well-attended event at the Community Hall
Watercolour and crayon
©2013 Charlene Brown

On the Gulf Islands art tour I mentioned last week, our bus sped by this fascinating structure on Hornby Island.  We were going too fast to take a picture, but I was able to find and identify the building on Google Streetview when I got home.  The Google camera car must have gone by on a day a very popular event was taking place (Protest? Opera? Hornby is a happening place) because it looked like every Volvo on the island was jammed into the parking lot.
In addition to the splendidly landscaped roof, I was intrigued by the stackwood construction – not often used for large structures such as this. This method, also called cordwood masonry, has been revived by the sustainability movement...  Cordwood or short pieces of debarked tree are laid at right angles to the wall surface, then held in place with masonry or fireproof and earthquake resistant cob.