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.
The Seedworks Urban Offices in Ontario, Canada by dpai architecture inc
April 6th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: dpai architecture inc
Hamilton’s downtown renewal is well underway after suffering a fate similar to many post-industrial North American cities during the late 20th century. Notably, its renewal is grassroots, centering on the arts and entrepreneurial communities. A diversity of small, locally-owned businesses have taken root and are leading the economic and urban renewal.
When the new owners of the old Tregunno Seeds warehouse began imagining the building’s future, dpai were asked to lead the initiative. The former seed warehouse had established itself as a regional hub for farmers, gardeners, and birdwatchers—in this sense it was an important resource to provide support for the productivity of the community. The designers and owners understood this and were intent on carrying on this tradition; this time as a hub of innovation.
The building dates from 1890 and was originally home to the Hamilton Buggy Whip Manufacturing company. When acquired in 2012, siding blocked its expansive windows, and the interior was timeworn from its previous uses. The post and beam structure and interior brick surfaces were cleaned of many years of paint and left exposed to reveal the buildings history to its new inhabitants.
dpai developed the branding along with the name Seedworks, evoking the past while looking to the future. The project has received a great deal of positive community attention and local support, and was awarded a Heritage Property Conservation Award from the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee.
The second floor is home to Hamilton’s first coworking space. A modern desk system was organized in four linear banks on the eastern and northern bays of the space. Two glazed meeting rooms/breakaway spaces were provided along the eastern wall. Central to the space is a lounge with tiered upholstered seating that faces the staircase wall which doubles as a projection wall. Along the western and southern walls is the kitchen/café space, which boasts clean minimal white counters and a touchdown station running along the length of windows. The lounge and the touchdown station are fully wired, offering secondary working spaces. They also offer great flexibility for holding community events, lunch and learns, movie nights and presentations.
The Seedworks also proudly hosts the headquarters of SOBI bikes, Hamilton’s revolutionary and successful bike share program. Another anchor tenant is Kitestring Creative Branding Studio, who consistently demonstrate strong community leadership in the city’s renewal and Historia Building Restoration Inc, an award winning building restoration leader serving the Toronto (GTA) and Southern Ontario market since 1989.
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