Location: Hamilton, ON
Client: City of Hamilton
Year of Completion: 2012
Construction Budget: $15,122,000
Architect of Record: Lintack Architects
Associate Architect:: Invizij Architects
This 54,000 m2 recreation centre on the west Hamilton mountain has become a popular destination for people from across Hamilton, attracted by the compelling and user-friendly design and great programming. It includes a seniors centre, 25m 8-lane lap pool, a leisure pool with waterslide and a pool viewing gallery, a full gym, multi-purpose program rooms, a dance studio, and a youth centre. The on-site landscaped storm water retention pond also serves as play field for the school board during dry seasons.
Westmount breaks the mould of the concrete-block fortress-like community recreation centres by introducing natural light, colour, openness and the use of wood as structural as well as finish material. The abstract mural in the gymnasium set against sprung hardwood sports floor is visible from most areas throughout the building. Carefully placed glazing around the natatorium showcases the pool inside and out.
The lobby design is a meeting place where youth, seniors, and parents with small children can mingle. The control desk and staff area are located strategically to achieve discreet supervision and minimize staffing requirements. The change room design has taken considerations of people of different cultural backgrounds and includes features such as private shower rooms and change cubicles.