RD Lawrence Museum

RD Lawrence Museum

Minden, Ontario

Completed 2007

Floor Area: 1700 sf

 soma earth acted as Project Architect for Fleming College’s 2007 Sustainable Design Program


The RD Lawrence Place is a public events building located in the small community of Minden Hills in the Halliburton Highlands area, Ontario. The project objective from the start was to create a structure that reduced immediate and future impact on the environment by using locally sourced and low processed materials and systems, while enhancing the social and cultural fabric of the town. The R.D. Lawrence Place employs many sustainable building methods (like cord wood, straw bale, log cabin) and makes use of non-toxic, low-embodied energy materials like hemp straw bales, milk paints and soy stains, and local earthen plasters.

The completed project represents a significant advance in natural building technologies in Canada, and serves as a best practice example for Southern Ontario. The RD Lawrence Place project considers aspects of sustainable design that go beyond the current criteria for LEED platinum, and it represents the best available choices for building materials in our northern climate. The construction of the building was part of Fleming College’s Sustainable Design Program, where soma earth ARCHITECT was the project architect.

To read the details of materials, design and construction process, ecology, community, water conservation, sustainable energy and more, click here!