The Seedworks Urban Offices in Hamilton

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The Seedworks Urban Offices in Hamilton

Place of Work in Hamilton, Canada – design by DPAI Architecture Inc.

21 Jan 2016

The Seedworks Urban Offices in Hamilton

Design: DPAI Architecture Inc.

Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The Seedworks Urban Offices in Hamilton

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.

The Seedworks Urban Offices

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 Seedworks Urban Offices

The Seedworks Urban Offices

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.

The Seedworks Urban Offices

The Seedworks Urban Offices

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 Seedworks Urban Offices

The Seedworks Urban Offices

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 Urban Offices

The Seedworks Urban Offices

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.

The Seedworks Urban Offices

The Seedworks Urban Offices

The Seedworks Urban Offices – Building Information

Production Team:
Designers: dpai architecture inc
Consultants: MTE Consultants, Historia Building Restoration Inc.
General Contractor: PLG Construction
Mechanical Contractor: Post Air Systems
Electrical Contractors: M. Somerfield Electric, Marshall Electric

The Seedworks Urban Offices

Suppliers:
Sherwin-Williams Paint, Hadrian Washroom partitions and lockers, Ridley Windows & Doors, Amovo Workplace Environments, Allsteel Furniture, Corian countertops, AGFA Graphics, Centura Tiles, Shaw Carpets, Regional Doors & Hardware, PCL Graphics, PC 350 Glazing Systems, Hess Millwork.

The Seedworks Urban Offices

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