A Center Creates its Own Cinematic Power on Campus

Capilano University, Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, North Vancouver, BC

Designed as a “machine for film,” the Bosa Center serves as the iconic gateway to Capilano University’s north campus. 

As the home for the School of Motion Picture Arts, western Canada’s largest film school, the facility provides every tool needed for creative film-making in a technologically rich environment that is pivotal to an industry vital to the region’s economic development.

The building’s design is driven by concepts common to the disciplines of both architecture and cinema – structure, space, movement, frames, composition, sequence, rhythm and color. At once a dynamic device for the teaching of film, the building creates its own moments of cinematic power. Comprised of three distinct components – each with their own massing, materials and strategies – the exterior provides a platform for long shots and panoramic views. The reflective glazing on 120-meter long elevated “bar” component housing classrooms creates an animated spectacle as well as a dramatic sculptural object.

The program for the facility includes state-of-the-art sound stages, sound editing and post-production mixing facilities, picture editing suites, green screen technologies, classrooms, screening rooms and a 200-seat high-definition 3-D theater. The project was supported by the province’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a major component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, and is exemplar of the university’s focus on experiential learning. It is the campus’ first project to achieve LEED Gold certification.

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