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Real Offices

  • Type: Private, Commercial, Interiors
  • Client: Real Properties
  • Collaborators: ARC Engineering, Seguin Engineering
  • Size: 190 sqm
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

This office renovation provides a new home for Real Properties, the property managers of Jackson Square Mall in Hamilton. Real Properties wanted an office that matched their recent rebranding efforts across the 40 year old mall. They decided to move locations for their new office from an office unit in a tower attached to the mall, to a more unique and prominent unit on the plaza level of the mall. The existing space was a raw concrete space, initially designed to be a restaurant, but was never developed. The space was designed as a procession from public functions in the front to private functions in the back. The continuous space is comprised of two distinct portions, a lower one overlooking the plaza, and double height space towards the back. The double height space received very little natural light. However, by carefully reviewing existing drawings dating back to the 1970s, a blocked in clerestory window was discovered. Opening and reactivating this feature transformed the quality of the space. For the new office, Yale properties were shifting from a private office model to an open plan design. This required in-depth client feedback during the schematic design phase.

Along with the open plan office space, the client wanted a private meeting space, a board room, a visible reception point with access control, and a gathering area. Throughout the project, Baltic birch millwork is utilized as a space defining tool, dividing and connecting spaces. The design combines existing finishes with new finishes, exposed natural raw textures with clean uniform surfaces, and soft materials against harder ones. The branding and cultural objectives of the client were achieved by designing an office that matches their fresh new image, and provides a space that facilitates a new collaborative office culture.

Stanley Residence

  • Type: Private, Residential, Interiors
  • Client: Private
  • Collaborators: Jain & Associates Inc. , MTE Consultants Inc.
  • Size: 3000 sq. ft.
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Tom Arban

A complete remodel, this private residence communicates that a new and sustainable form can be invented while highlighting and celebrating the neighbourhood’s historical legacy. The house celebrates and reminds us of the social importance of the front porch. It’s material palette is chosen to be deliberately commensurate with established patterns. The form of the carport and absence of an enclosed garage increases the likelihood of spontaneous contact between neighbours in the few seconds between car and front door. The house is respectful to the context from within as well.

Views from the house’s horizontally oriented windows offer spectacular panoramic views of neighbourhood houses churches and schools that are not commonly experienced by residents. The Niagara escarpment is visible to the north, west and south. It promotes a new perspective. Open living spaces promotes interaction between the resident family, and offers a “venue” for community activity.

Publicity

HAMILTON INTERIORS MAGAZINE – Inspiration Beyond Design, Fall, Stanley Residence
E-ARCHITECT – The Stanley Residence in Hamilton, United Kingdom, February, Stanley Residence
HOME ADORE – Private House in Hamilton by dpai, USA, March, Stanley Residence

Fitzhenry Studios & Atrium

  • Type: Public, Educational, Institutional, Interiors
  • Client: McMaster University
  • Collaborators: Mantecon Engineering
  • Size: 762 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

In 2013, Dr. Robert Fitzhenry donated generously to the School of the Arts (SoTA) for a new addition/renovation to the existing studios and classrooms at Togo Salmon Hall. The objective was to engage community practitioners, alumni, faculty, staff, and students in the design process to understand what the needs, potentials, and caveats of the project would be. The new addition provides vastly expanded floorspace and amenities for more equipment-intensive media — printmaking and sculpture — including facilities for lithography, etching, and silkscreen, as well as wood- and metal-working, and one of Canada’s few remaining metal casting facilities housed in a University fine arts facility. Once-windowless studios for upper-year students have been expanded, and flex-studio and new media facilities balance the use of traditional media with an understanding of the shifting nature of creative practice with the emergence of new tools. Gentle north light pours into the double-height painting studios and the addition of a 25’x25’x25’ glass-enclosed atrium (“the Cube”), provides a powerful environment for critique, exhibition and performance. The SoTA’s new urban prominence has strengthened connections with other faculties so that art students can offer their unique perspectives to engineering and humanities students, and vice versa. Because of urban connections at two levels, the highly transparent “Cube” is now in frequent demand as an event space on campus, while broadly showcasing the work of students and faculty members during both working critiques and final exhibits

“It has been a pleasure to work with dpai on our art studio expansion and renovation project at McMaster University. dpai’s friendly consultation throughout the process was effective and much appreciated. They applied their expertise to our unique demands, arriving at aesthetically dynamic solutions for a complex network of work spaces. The result is a functionally and visually cohesive space.”

Professor Judy Major-Girardin McMaster School of the Arts

The Hambly House

  • Type: Private, Residential, Interiors
  • Client: Private
  • Collaborators: Toms + McNally Design, Mantecon Partners
  • Size: N/A
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

The Hambly House is a rare example of 1930s Streamline Moderne architecture in Hamilton, and one of only a handful of Art Moderne houses in Ontario. Since the purchase of the house by its new owners in 2012, dpai worked with the clients to design a full restoration with an additional second storey wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass. The renovation respects the original character and detailing of the designated heritage house while celebrating its contemporary spirit with a bold addition. The interior has been completely refinished, and clean, minimalist custom millwork was designed throughout the house. The dining room addition at the rear opens up the house to the backyard and celebrates views of the 300 year old maple tree.

Awards

2015 Award of Excellence in Architecture, Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Awards

Hamilton Public Library and Farmers Market

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Urbanism, Interiors
  • Client: City of Hamilton, Hamilton Public Library
  • Collaborators: rdh Architects, EXP Engineering Consultants
  • Size: 7,000 SM
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Tom Arban, Jeff Tessier

This renovation project involved the reorganization and re-branding of both the Farmer’s Market and the Central Public Library, two of Hamilton’s most important civic destinations. The Library features new public spaces, reorganized and enhanced collections, and increased computer and internet access through the introduction of a 50 workstation information commons. The renovation of the Farmer’s Market focused on improvement of the HVAC system, lighting, plumbing servicing, and an overall reorganization of the functional layout.

The detailing of the new façade of the additions assists in re-establishing a connection with the street thereby supporting Downtown Renewal and the overall health of the urban environment. The project has also provided an opportunity to engage the public, staff, and politicians in a discourse on the value of good design.

“I have worked with many architects on many projects; this project was the first time I found myself letting go, confident that our hopes and visions for the building were being heard and were being translated into a workable plan combined with an amazing AWE factor. Use of the building skyrocketed and has remained high ever since the transformation performed by David and his team.”

Former Chief Librarian Ken Roberts Hamilton Public Library

Warehouse Office

  • Type: Private, Commercial, Interiors
  • Size: 2,000 SQFT
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Year: 2016
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

The second floor of a three-storey commercial warehouse in Toronto’s oldest standing row of buildings, is now home to a busy, real estate/design PR Firm. dpai was commissioned to design a space that enables the firm’s flexible and collaborative work style, while functionally and aesthetically aligning with the firm’s creative philosophy.

The existing textured, minimalist palette was emphasized. A boardroom and a pitch room was carved out with floor-to-ceiling glass partitions. At the back of the space, a new kitchenette opens onto an informal lounge area and a touch-down station was paired with lockable file storage.

The large, custom pendant fixture by Toronto’s Lightmaker Studio was intimately suspended over a modular custom sofa set upholstered in bright, eclectic fabrics. The blackened brass of the pendant fixture echoes the existing steel hoist beam, which lent a helpful hand in the fixture’s installation.

Brock Library

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Client: Brock University
  • Collaborators: Seguin Engineering, BTY Group
  • Location: St. Catharines, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

Dpai was asked to renovate an existing reading space and respond to the current demands and expectations of faculty and students, while reflecting the changing layout of learning spaces. A central curvilinear partial-height partition was proposed to provide three meeting rooms for small to medium study groups and video confer-ences, while retaining light and vision through the space with gen-erous glazed panels. Access to natural light is a precious commodity in the modernist tower and priority was given to the open-study and small collaborative study groupings. The previously non-descript study room, a bonus space created as the physical volumes of the library, decreased and stacks were removed. It was given texture and a layer of new materials. A portion of the concrete ceiling was ex-posed, with the added benefit of increasing the height and volume of the study space.

“It was a pleasure for us to work with architects who understood so much about student needs and have a solid grounding in trends in the evolution and transformation of libraries. David and his team were very collaborative and responsive to our needs. They were ultimately able to unlock the potential within the constraints of a challenging building and were able to translate our vision into a dynamic learning space. The result resonates deeply with our students who have commented that the new space motivates, inspires and energizes them. Their only complaint is that we haven’t yet done the same with the rest of the library. I would welcome the opportunity to work with dpai again would recommend their team without hesitation.”

Chief Librarian Mark Robertson Brock University

U of T Food Services

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Client:University of Toronto
  • Collaborators: H.H. Angus & Associates Ltd.
  • Size: 1331.5 sf + 845sq.ft
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

dpai helped University of Toronto’s (U of T) Food and Ancillary Services realize 5 unique, proprietary food concepts in the heart of downtown Toronto’s campus. dpai worked with the clients to develop separate branding images for a pizzeria, a soup bar, a salad bar, a tex-mex and a gourmet burger concept. Special attention was paid to every detail to ensure the spaces for all food concepts reinforced the client’s food concept vision. dpai achieved that by designing elements such as custom pop art boxes, bicycle taxidermy artwork, custom industrial lighting, and stunning custom designed steel, live edge and acrylic panel service counters. Even though the designs were highly customized, dpai successfully worked within tight timelines and budgets, and worked closely with U of T Food Services to incorporate new food service equipment.

The service counters were designed and built to last; the live edge wood, and undulating butcher block counter wrap at the pizzeria serve to lend warmth to the space, and unify all 5 food concepts. This renovation raised the bar for design for food services on campus, and set a new standard for food service counter design for future projects on campus. Stone Oven Pizza is currently out performing its major chain counterpart on campus, and all food concepts points have been showing major gains in sales.

Oakville Townhall

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Interiors
  • Collaborators: Jain and Associates, MTE Consultants, OCM Landscape Architects
  • Size: 145,000 sq.ft
  • Photography: Molly Merriman

DPAI was the Prime Consultant for the renovation project to the Town of Oakville’s Town Hall. The project involved multiple phases, including development of a Master Accommodation Plan for the Town Hall, with concurrent renovations to Oakville’s customer service centre, service desk and existing Shipping + Receiving area, followed by the main renovation construction phase.

The Master Accommodation Plan marries a design that optimizes location, functionality, synergies, and space usage with a phasing plan that minimizes disruption to ongoing operations and ensures cost efficiency. The Master Accommodation Plan was completed in July of 2012.

Renovation to the customer service centre required total completion by the end of 2013, presenting an aggressive schedule requiring design and drawings to be completed in a very short time frame. The Shipping + Receiving renovation required a reconfiguration, creating a more functional and efficient space. The new space remained in its existing location due to its proximity to the property entrance and accommodations were made so that all Shipping and Receiving functions remain operational during construction.

McMaster Kinesiology Labs

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Collaborators: Mantecon Engineering
  • Client: McMaster University
  • Size: 743 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Magdalena Kisielewska

When the Department of Kinesiology needed to design facilities to house new biomechanics, physiology and motor-control labs using existing space in the Ivor Wynne Centre Building they turned to dpai. Short on time, but in need of a thorough assessment of the space, dpai led user groups through a participatory design process that was crafted specifically to facilitate the compressed schedule. With a scope of work that included all interior design and furniture selection, the end product is filled with light and transparency and a once hidden department was now front and center.

“We were renovating an existing use research and educational space in an older building on a limited budget. The team from dpai took the time to thoroughly assess our current and future needs and managed to channel our vision into design features that have had a lasting positive impact on all users of the space. We have found that the space is adaptable to our needs, robust in terms of utilization and comfortable and energizing to work in. From start to finish, the team from dpai was amazing to work with. Their attention to detail, commitment to quality work and focus on customer service resulted in an outcome that far surpassed our expectations.”

Dean of Science Maureen Jane MacDonald Ph.D. McMaster University

Brock University Plaza Building

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Urbanism, Educational, Interiors
  • Client: Brock University
  • Collaborators: MacKay Lyons-Sweetapple Architects, RDH Architects, Halsall and Associates, NAK Design
  • Size: 6596 m2
  • Location: St. Catharines, ON
  • Status: Complete

David Premi acted as Project Architect and Design Team leader for the Brock University Plaza 2006 project. dpai was responsible for all contract administration services. The 71,000 sq.ft. building included a new 13,000 sq.ft. fully fit-out Campus Store on the ground level with two 14,000 sq.ft storeys of academic offices and teaching spaces above. The building is connected to the existing Student Services Building on three of five levels and will act as a gateway building for pedestrian traffic arriving by both automobile and mass transit.

The building also houses the LifeSpan Development Research Centre which includes the departments of the Brock Research Institute for Youth Studies (BRIYS), Social-Personality Group, Hormone and Brain Development Research, Infancy Research, and Neuropsychology/ Psychophysiology Labs. The building is a key element in the development and expansion of the South Campus. The building attained LEED® Silver Accreditation and includes: stormwater management quality control, light pollution reduction, energy recovery systems, enhanced commissioning, construction waste management, recycled content, regional materials and low-emitting materials, temperature and lighting control systems, enhanced daylight and views, external shading devices and an innovative conditioned air delivery system that utilizes the thermal mass of the building’s precast hollow core structural deck to store heating and cooling and to significantly reduce energy consumption.

Awards 2012 City of Burlington Accessibility Award

Caroline Medical Group

  • Type: Private, Commercial, Interiors
  • Client: Caroline Medical Group
  • Collaborators: N/A
  • Size: 1393.5 m2
  • Location: Burlington, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Jeff Tessier

The Caroline Family Health Team of Burlington, with eight physicians, allied health professionals and support staff required more space to house their busy practice. Several ideas were explored through feasibility studies, with the resulting solution to relocate the practice to a more suitable location with a total interior renovation to meet the needs of the clinic. The project explored the adaptation of a specific, user-generated design to an existing industrial “big box” space. The office layout was developed through participatory design workshops which included the entire clinic’s staff and the dpai team.

Mohawk College IAHS

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Client: Mohawk College
  • Collaborators: Jain & Associates Ltd.
  • Size: 2323 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

Mohawk College’s new Centre for Health Care Simulation at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) located at McMaster University, houses over 25,000 square feet of integrated clinical lab space and supports over 2,000 Full and Part time students per semester. The centre is an inter-disciplinary learning environment enabling students to develop field and clinical skills as part of an inter-professional team. Students demonstrate skills and competency using technology enhanced simulation, paired with a simulated patient program. dpai designed the various space types to support and align with the IAHS vision and saw the multi-phased projects through to completion. The project includes a new Ultrasound Simulation Lab, a new Cardiovascular Technology Lab, a new Accessible Testing Centre, a new Computer and Silent Study Lab, a new integrated and collaborative Resource Library (which includes a new service hub, a large anatomical model display case, various collaborative and solo study areas, small meeting rooms, brain storm area, and study lounge), a new Staff Workroom, a new Research Lab, a new Point of Care Demonstration Lab, an expanded Nurse Clinical Tutorial Lab and two new ADL (apartment simulation) Labs.

"I was impressed on many levels with the DPAI team. They are professional, responsive, respectful and did a very good job of engaging all the stakeholders in the process. They were flexible and accommodating to the changing scope and requirements of the project. The space has been transformed from a 20 year old traditional learning environment to a modern, energetic and creative space that attracts students from all across campus."

Paul Armstrong, Vice President Academic Mohawk College

Connect Communities Hamilton

  • Type: Private, Institutional, Interiors
  • Client: Connect Communities
  • Collaborators: Ira McDonald Construction Ltd., Blackwell, CK Engineering Ltd., Adesso Design Inc., A.T. McLaren Ltd, ODAN-DETECH, Terra – Dynamics, Soil-Mat Engineers & Consultants Ltd
  • Size: 3743 M2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: In Progress

A transitional residence for those recovering from Acquired Brain Injuries or Stroke – our client Connect Communities Hamilton is implementing a new treatment model in Ontario that assists their residents in a life redesign process. This treatment programme requested traditional barrier-free code requirements be creatively avoided or hidden where possible, creating a definitively residential environment. With 42 bedrooms with ensuites and communal living spaces connected by amenity spaces and offices and complemented by a tangible connection to the landscape and thoughtful access to the surrounding community this care facility belies its formal identity to fit within the scale and persona of the residential community it which exists. The building sits on a slab on grade foundation that respects the protected karst geology just feet beneath. A compressed approvals and construction schedule was aided by a pre-engineered steel structure that is pre-fabricated and assembled on-site in large panels – saving time, ensuring tight construction tolerances and increasing safety on the construction site.A treatment room includes consideration for flooring and equipment as well as a ceiling mounted patient lift to assist in client rehabilitation and fitness programs. Care was taken to provide both privacy to the clients in the treatment room, but also provide views out to the protected conservation lands outside.

Dpai Offices

  • Type: Commercial, Interiors
  • Size: 6500 sf
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete

This architecture, interiors and urban design studio is located on the 18th floor of a corporate office tower in the core of a city in the throes of robust renewal. The space was designed collaboratively by the entire team of designers and support staff that would go on to occupy it. Bathed in natural light, every workstation in the studio is provided with unobstructed city views. There are no private offices, which elimi­nates hierarchy and nurtures collaboration among the team. The firm has gained a new level of connection with their work by being literally enveloped by the city. In fact, many of the firm’s projects are visible from the studio. All existing ceilings and floor finishes were removed. Most of the final design incorporates exposed concrete floors and ceilings to increase the perception of height and create a raw aesthetic feel to the space, aligning with the firm’s penchant for simple, clear and minimal design solutions. Balancing the rawness of the ex­posed concrete are whispers of light wood and soft, supple hand­ed textiles in hues of pink and yellow. Multi-coloured throw rugs in blues, pinks and yellows soften the concrete floor while a rocking chair beckons you to sit awhile. Swaths of pink interior glazing seen immediately upon entering the studio lend a rosy hue to dra­matic sunsets via the Event Space, an open multi-purpose area that functions as a waiting room for clients, vendors and guests; a café; a lunch room; and event space for world events/sports/ news/movies and continuing education lunch n learns, informal meeting space and work space. Here, a series of programmed and facilitated panel discussions are regularly held to discuss de­sign and policy issues affecting the city and its residents, facilitat­ing deeper community connections. The space is designed to employ two main axes, east-west + north-south. Ex-pansive glazing permits the space to be as open as possible, connecting you with your surroundings instantly upon entry to the studio, and from anywhere on the floor. This connection immediately orients you giving a sense of ease and comfort the moment you arrive. The Boardroom and Fabrication Lab + Materials Library are clearly visible upon arrival and provide critical infrastructure for exper-imentation and innovation, housing a 3D printer, laser cutter, cutters, full Virtual Reality capabilities, and materials samples. The en-tire studio is equipped with wi-fi helping to enable this agile workspace. A shower and nap room round out the facilities, provided to support a variety of different work and life styles. The space is designed to support a positive and collaborative work culture based on a clear set of shared values.