Photo Courtesy: Hamilton Public Library
McCallum Sather Architects Inc
110 Lynden Road
Completed: January 2013
Nestled in the quaint hamlet of Lynden is the recently finished Hamilton Public Library, Lynden Branch. Set back from the road, the single-storey, 4,000 square foot library employs two distinct contexts of both rural and urban building design.
The exterior of the building consists primarily of a brown brick veneer, a look that integrates well with the library’s surroundings. Punched individual windows and large corner windows give a noticeable touch to the building’s exterior.
Above the covered entrance of the library are shaded and ventilated upper clerestory windows that provide the atrium with ample natural lighting.
Inside the library, exposed glulam beams compliment the upper clerestory windows, giving the space a warm, rustic feel.
The children’s corner has punched windows at varying levels with colourful tints that add liveliness to the area.
Next to the children’s corner is a casual seating area where parents can watch their children or read in comfort.
The large open floor of the library allows for more social interaction, as well as better visibility for staff and patrons.
The library also has a Teen Room equipped with computers, a smaller room for meetings, and a sufficient stock of books.
The library has a long list of sustainability features including an energy savings of over 35% than required by the Ontario Building Code. To reduce the light power output, occupancy sensors control the lighting. Many components of the building’s structure, including the brick veneer, contain recycled materials.