Architect Robert Boyle Nanaimo

Meredith Business CentreIf Winston Churchill was correct when he said, “we shape our buildings and they shape us,” then architect Robert Boyle has shaped the lives of many in Nanaimo. That’s especially true because a high percentage of Boyle’s creations are residential, from affordable housing for seniors to high-end condos. Robert Boyle Architecture Inc. was established in 1975, and since then a growning number of its products have appeared on the streets, slopes, and shores of Nanaimo, Whistler, Tofino, Mount Washington, Port Hardy, Saanich, Powell River, Victoria, Parksville, Summerland, Lake Cowichan, Courtenay, Campbell River, and beyond.

In 1997 Boyle’s Meredith Business Centre at 2025 Bowen Road (depicted here) won the Design Advisory Panel’s annual award in the commercial category. You probably know the building better as the seat of Nanaimo Bakery. More recently, Boyle designed the new Salvation Army Addition on Nicol Street. Marine Vista, an upscale eight-story condominium currently under construction at the corner of Vancouver Avenue and Rosehill St., is also Boyle’s work. Boyle’s Departure Bay Condominiums, Bay St. and Departure Bay Road, have yet to be built.

Other prominent Robert Boyle projects around Nanaimo include Kennedy Street Apartments, corner of Albert and Kennedy streets, Hecate Lodge, 940 Hecate St., and Berwick on the Lake, 3201 Ross Road. Most of the large buildings in the Kiwanis Village at 1221 and 1233 Nelson St. near Nanaimo Regional Hospital were designed by Boyle.

Boyle’s work in the field of town planning has also been significant. His portfolio includes Maffeo Sutton Park improvements included the design of the Swy-a-Lana Lagoon, the Landmark Towers, the Nanaimo Harbour Study, the Ladysmith Revitalization Project, the Sidney Pier Marina, and the Chemainus Quay. For more information, contact Robert Boyle Architecture Inc., 360 Wesley St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 2T6, Canada, tel. (250) 753-3495.

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