Location: Hamilton, ON
Client: Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Year of Completion: 2017
Architect of Record: Invizij Architects
The Hamilton Community Food Centre (CFC) is a non-profit food hub on the Hamilton Mountain. The space aims to integrate people of all cultures and backgrounds through the medium of healthy food. The surrounding neighbourhood includes several high-rise towers home to a large number of new immigrants, while area has fewer support services than the downtown. The hub is part of the national Community Food Centres Canada network.
The program includes a commercial kitchen and walk-in cooler/freezer, a multi-purpose community space and dining room to seat 100 people, offices, and a variety of community advocacy rooms for groups to utilize. A new community garden in nearby Captain Cornelius Park and will supply fresh produce to the CFC.
The overall design theme for the space was to create a very flexible, multi-use space that can grow with the organization. The colour theme was chosen based on the vibrant colours of fruits and vegetables in season. The kitchen includes facilities for preparing larger community meals, as well as a teaching area on the large island. The breakout rooms are separated from the dining area by large ‘barn doors’ which allow the spaces to be opened up for larger events.