Buildings that turn inward and isolate the street and its inhabitants are often blamed for destroying streetlife.
By Trey Shaughnessy
Published January 10, 2007
Photo taken Jan 2, 2007
The planned renovations to Hamilton City Centre are underway.
The gigantic blank wall that faces York and McNab ignores the street. That type of architectural design feature, dominant in Brutalism, was already far out of fashion when the Eaton Centre was built in 1989.
Brutalism was known for creating vast, unfinished or 'raw' concrete facades and for obscuring entrances.
The City Centre wall was made from brick at a time when post-modernism was the design style of choice for architects, which usually featured large glass curtains and unique angles, like the nearby CIBC towers.
Buildings that turn inward and isolate the street and its inhabitants are often blamed for destroying streetlife in downtown and in cities across North America.
Streetlife is essential for safety, shopping, patronizing and plain-old socializing. Without it, city streets are desolate and frightening.
Rendering from Hamilton Spectator, Aug 2, 2006
The City Centre is finally having holes opened in the blank wall for some nice big windows.
The original wall always looked like its windows were bricked up, which leads me to believe it was originally designed for windows and cost savings determined otherwise. It looks now like it should have had windows between the pilasters.
Photo from RTH article on Oct 7, 2005
This is where 500 municipal workers will be located during the renovations to City Hall. The temporary location is expected to last two and half years for 400 of those employees.
I would suspect that Fercan Developments is hoping the remaining 100 workers will be permanent.
500 municipal employees will locate here during City Hall renovations
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