Brampton City Hall Expansion
Client: City of Brampton
Size: 205,000 sq.ft. (19,000 sq.m.)
Our vision for the Brampton Southwest Quadrant Renewal project was to create an iconic building that reinvigorates downtown Brampton. Located on a key intersection, this addition to the City Hall provides a welcoming civic building with a strong new connection to the city. Our design intensifies and revitalizes the urban core and reinforces the historic downtown as the ‘heart’ of the City. The project’s strong presence in the surrounding context supports Brampton’s goals of urban renewal and attracting private sector investment, and showcases the City as a vital and contemporary place.
The building spans two blocks in an organic response to its context. Its resulting U-shaped form allows numerous entrances and a new public open space on Queen Street. The entrance lobby is a double-height space with a custom sculptural wall treatment using a rose design that references Brampton’s Flower City identity. Beyond the lobby is publically accessible space, the interior connection to City Hall, meeting rooms, cafe, and retail. Red glass walls mark the building’s secondary entrances and central connective staircase. Acoustical wood panelling is used to provide visual texture and robust vertical window mullions create a rhythm of light and shadow. A pedestrian bridge over George Street leads to the new office building housing City departments, and functions both as a passageway and as a place to spend time in at one of the café tables with a unique vantage point to appreciate the city.
Targeted LEED® Gold, the building’s sustainable features include several green roofs, use of materials with a high recycled material content, energy- and water-efficient systems, and ample natural light. Our design connects interior and exterior civic life and sets an exciting precedent for Brampton’s potential as a vibrant urban centre, upholding the idea that architecture can be an inspiration and catalyst for civic pride and renewal.