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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Hamilton Public Library & Hamilton Farmers Market in Ontario, Canada by dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

 
April 6th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

The renovation of the Hamilton Public Library and Farmer’s Market was conceived as a design-driven opportunity to spur sustained urban renewal. A 96-meter long, continuous glass vestibule with LED lighting re-establishes the building’s relationship to York Street, while the interior executions are geared around elevating the library’s functionality to modern European standards. An emphasis on transparent materials facilitates a conversation between the library and adjacent market, which received a series of service upgrades.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

  • Architects: dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects
  • Project: Hamilton Public Library & Hamilton Farmers Market
  • Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  
  • Photography: Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier
  • Client: City of Hamilton
  • Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
  • Contractor: Kemp Construction
  • Budget: $14 Million
  • Status: Complete
  • Awards:
  • 2014 International Architecture Award – The Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design
  • 2012 Best Institutional Interior – Canadian Interiors Magazine “Best in Canada” 2012 Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence
  • 2012 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

The Hamilton Public Library + Farmers’ Market are two of the City’s most important public institutions. Since 1980, they have shared the same building, but have been awkwardly disconnected from one another and from York Boulevard. The recent renovation and expansion rebrands both institutions through reconnection with the street, connection between the Library and Market, enhanced functionality, and improved circulation and accessibility.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

The ground floor of the library was completely renovated, and an addition provided space for the introduction of an information commons. Remodeled children’s areas with aquaria, a new reading room with fireplace, and a green wall are amongst the new programmatic elements. The design facilitates the introduction of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology into the library, transforming the traditional service delivery model into a contemporary merchandising approach.
The renovated Farmers’ Market includes a new community kitchen, a public seating area, and a street level café and special events space that can be opened to the sidewalk. The historic “Birk’s Clock” has been restored and centrally located in the Market.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

One of most significant aspects of the design as a whole is the addition of more than 6000 square feet of street level vestibule space along the length of the building. This provides a transitional experience for visitors, and accommodates display space, a green wall, a café, public seating, and special events space. In addition, it allows for a physical connection between the library and café space in the market. The vestibule is entirely glazed on both sides, exposing the activity inside to the street and vice versa. The glazed facade includes colour changing LED lights, further reinforcing the new connections.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Image Courtesy © dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Image Courtesy © dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Image Courtesy © dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Image Courtesy © dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Image Courtesy © dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

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