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Centennial College’s Indigenous Commons Awarded Canadian Interiors Best of Canada for Single Detail

November 21, 2023

The Centennial College A-Building Expansion Indigenous Commons round room has been named ‘Single Detail’ winner of the Canadian Interiors 2023 Best of Canada Awards.

In its 26th year, Canadian Interiors’ annual Best of Canada Design Competition is Canada’s only design competition focusing on interior design projects and products without regard to size, budget or location, within the following categories: Hospitality, Institutional, Office, Residence, Retail, Single Detail, Products, and Project of the Year.

Photography by Riley Snelling.

Indigenous Commons Round Room

The 133,000 sq ft. Centennial College A-Building Expansion broke ground in 2020, expanding on the A Building wing of the school’s campus—and is Ontario’s first LEED Gold, net-zero carbon, WELL-certified, mass timber, higher education facility.

At the heart of the expansion is the Indigenous Commons round room, a gathering and ceremonial space with a dome-like ceiling modelled after traditional Anishinaabe roundhouses. The walls and ceilings are made up of basket-woven Douglas-fir ribbons, with 13 mass-timber ribs made of Québec SPF (spruce, pine, and fir) lumber, representing the moon cycles of the Indigenous 13-month calendar. The room also features a wood-burning fireplace and button-assisted smudging.

Photography by James Brittain.

About Canadian Interiors

Canadian Interiors is Canada’s leading magazine targeted at interior design professionals. Since its launch in 1964, the magazine is a must read for Canadian interior designers. Canadian Interiors is currently published every two months.

Lead image by James Brittain.