Queen of Peace Monastery
Modern Expression of the Monastic Tradition
Complex residential, religious and administrative requirements were resolved in this monastery for a community of 20 nuns. This project is has recently been completed.
The monastery is located in the agricultural lands of the Squamish Valley and surrounded by stunning views of snow-capped mountains. The 25,000 sq.ft. building integrates the multitude of unique spaces required to support a deeply devoted monastic life. The architecture is inspired by monastic tradition, and influenced by contemporary culture and the context of its site. The building arises from its rocky cliff side foundations, reinforcing its direct connection to nature. Through the use of natural light and exposure to views, nature itself is present within each of the interior spaces. Contemplative ambulatory walks, integral to the Dominican tradition, are designed to allow continuous flow from spacious interior cloister walks to exterior courtyards and a network of landscaped paths beyond.
The Chapel is expressed by its use of exposed heavy timber structure, recreating the dynamic of congregating below a canopy of trees. The complementary use of regional timbers and stone brings a natural warmth to the interior, inviting and intimating the sacred.