Whistler’s Cultural Connector
- Whistler BC
- Project Year
Key Project Staff:
Manager – Martin Pardoe
Parks Planner – Annie Oja
Before Whistler Mountain, British Columbia opened to the public in 1966 and grew to be one of the largest ski resorts in North America, it was a remote stop through the Rocky Mountain valley pass.
Whistler has rapidly grown to a permanent population of just under 12,000 residents and annually hosts a staggering two million visitors! Many of those visitors come to experience the adrenaline rush of black diamond skiing or extreme mountain biking—and Whistler’s peaks deliver.
In 2016, the Cultural Connector was unveiled - a scenic pathway that links six significant cultural institutions in Whistler and identifies noteworthy points and anecdotes. Approximately 1.2 km of trail connects Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Lost Lake PassivHaus, Audain Art Museum, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler Public Library, and the Whistler Museum.
Maglin Site Furniture’s 720 Chair and Lounge were the perfect fit not only because of their iconic style, but also because their durable multi-layered finish will withstand all of the elements that the changing seasons in the Canadian Rocky Mountains will bring.Martin Pardoe agrees: “The Maglin chairs are part of the Cultural Connector’s wayfinding package while providing a place to pause. In the chairs we sought an eye-catching, modern, original, durable design that can withstand our winter climate and sometimes energetic late-night crowds.”
High style and eco-conscious design are often perceived as mutually exclusive. Hotel X Toronto—the latest addition to the Library Hotel Collection’s portfolio of international boutique hotel properties—boldly challenges this assumption. Hotel X Toronto is located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the grounds of the historic Exhibition Place and the revitalized property of the Stanley Barracks (a former military post) on the shore of Lake Ontario.
The exterior benches and waste containers at Hotel X Toronto are manufactured by Maglin Site Furniture and are made from High Density Paper Composite (HDPC) material, which is eligible for LEED credits. HDPC is composed of FSC-certified recycled paper and phenolic resin that has the EcoBind™ designation (being one of the lowest VOC emitters existing on the resin market to date). All emissions are recaptured and reutilized in the manufacturing process, destroying 100% of the VOCs. Again, none of the environmental gains of the exterior furniture pieces come at the expense of style in keeping with Hotel X Toronto’s commitment to sustainable luxury. Guests at Hotel X Toronto can sleep better knowing that they are supporting the environment by choosing a hotel that prioritizes sustainability.