Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton Public Library

Hamilton Public Library wanted to create a digital hub, because library environments are rapidly changing. We worked with them to transform a traditional library typology and the result, we delivered a dynamic, multi-functional environment that balances collaborative areas with individual study, including:

  • Open areas to host Music In the Round
  • Maker Space
  • Digital Media Room
  • Music Room
  • Green Room and Video Production Space
  • Flexibility and functionality

Modular glazing wall systems create distinctive zones, accommodate power and data feeds. They allow Hamilton Public Library to reconfigure the space as its needs evolve. We maintained a large expansive space, adding infrastructure for stage lighting and speakers. We salvaged an existing furniture system, re-configuring it to suit a new computer training area.

Mechanical systems and air flow demands are balanced with acoustic considerations. Private, semi-private and collaborative activity peacefully coexist. In the video room, we reworked the mechanical design to ensure proper air supply/return without compromising room heights required for recording.

One of the challenges was to create an engaging design around static structural elements, including the coffered ceilings and exposed concrete columns. Therefore, we focused on the flooring. We created an innovative design based on a motherboard pattern. It is a distinctive choice and instantly sets the tone for the entire space. It reinforces its place as the digital hub within the traditional library environment.

Project Link

www.hpl.ca

Services

Architecture, Interiors, Mechanical Engineering

Sectors

Institutional, Science & Research

Team Leaders

Dora Lomax
Drew Hauser
Greg Sather

Partners & sub consultants

Swallow Acoustics - Acoustic
Keith Seguin - Electrical
APN Construction - Contractor

Value

$1,050,000

Innovations + Outcomes