Architecture = Inspiration

The other day I decided to grab the camera, hop in the car, and go explore. I drive by a particular stair case a lot and always think to myself that I should go snap a photo. The accent colours are yellow and mint green, a great combination. I parked my car outside the retirement home and headed to the stair case and adjacent ramp.

Behind the retirement home is a modern building that I only had ever seen the top of while driving by. I didn't even know what it was until I walked closer to it. I'm so glad I had my Nikon camera with me and not just my cell phone. I was blown away by this architecture. This is five minutes away from my house, why hadn't I seen it before? We have lived back in my hometown of Peterborough for only 3 1/2 years, this building was built before that time I discovered.

I didn't take an exterior shot of the entire building, this photo is by Teeple Architects. 

I didn't take an exterior shot of the entire building, this photo is by Teeple Architects. 

Who lives here I thought? I went home and did some research. The Sisters of St. Joseph Convent is built here and is on the property of the old heritage building that they used to reside in. "The Sisters’ vision for their home was for a simple, modern environment that would be permeated by openness and warmth. They expressed a desire for the interior spaces to be bathed in daylight and to be crafted from high-quality, natural materials."

"The concept for the new convent was to create a series of ribbon-like curved surfaces that would allow the landscape to flow into, around and over the building."

I can't wait to go back on a sunny day when the trees are in bloom and walk on the grounds again. I have always been drawn to the repetition of shapes. I think this is why I like the exterior that is clad in white cement panels so much. The simple and modern design is unlike a lot of buildings in my neighbourhood. While I browsed the architects site I found a few interior images that I will share. I also learned that they built the library I used to take my daughters to when we lived in Burlington. Our library is currently being renovated and updated, I can't wait to see it once it is completed this summer.

This room is now the chapel. Photo is by Teeple Architects. 

This room is now the chapel. Photo is by Teeple Architects. 

These curved lines remind me of the interior of the Guggenheim. Photo is by Teeple Architects.

These curved lines remind me of the interior of the Guggenheim. Photo is by Teeple Architects.

I lost track of time while I photographed the building...40 minutes later I got in my car feeling as though I had just discovered a hidden gem. Like many other artists I do find inspiration from walking in art galleries. I find it's easier for me to pay attention while I'm walking or driving and really look at the colours and textures of houses and structures I pass by. Architecture is something my husband and I both enjoy. You might enjoy this post of Frank Lloyd Wright from last year.