Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
North End Free Library and Public Bench Designed by TCA/Thier + Curran Architects in Hamilton, Canada
August 16th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: TCA/Thier + Curran Architects
North End Free Library and Public Bench Designed by TCA Architects Opens in Hamilton (Hamilton, Ontario) – July 24, 2015 – The North End Free Library is open and lending books in Hamilton. This tactical urbanism intervention is a ‘take a book, leave a book’ gathering place – a civic gesture and public amenity that blurs the lines between public and private. It is about creating community and celebrating literacy in Hamilton’s waterfront North End neighbourhood.
Designed and financed by TCA / Thier + Curran Architects Inc., the North End Free Library is a simple bench of ipe slats on a sculpted steel frame and a suspended cedar library box with a cast resin window.
Embracing the city’s steelmaking heritage, the steel is unfinished and raw, left with all the mill, tool and fabrication marks and traces, and then clear-coated. Books are imprinted with a custom stamp, designed by TCA.
With tongue firmly in cheek, TCA principal and lead designer Bill Curran says that “This is a unique, new building type – a typology to date addressed only by folk artists, hippies, tree huggers, amateur woodworkers and other ‘granola’ civic minded ne’er-do-wells.
It is time that serious, highbrow, bespoke architecture focuses on this emerging building type, and especially since all the ‘starchitects’ have ignored it (so far).”Dedicated to the citizens of Hamilton’s North End neighbourhood and crafted with love.
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