Welland Civic Square, City Hall and Public Library
in association with Panici Architects

Welland, Ontario

Client

  • City of Welland

Project Size

  • 71,000 sq. ft.

Completion Date

  • April 2005

Awards

  • 2011 Mississauga Urban Design Awards’
    Award of Excellence

This project provides a shared home for the Library and City Hall on the same small urban site, strongly connecting it to the historic Courthouse, Farmers’ Market, and Welland Canal. The design capitalizes on the potential of the sloping site by offering each user, within a single building, its own identity, associated entrances, and public realm at grade.

An upper-level plaza fronting East Main Street functions as the city’s main civic plaza. The plaza’s street edge is defined by a shallow reflecting pool that transforms into a skating rink in the winter. The library at a lower level, also at grade, faces the canal and creates its own equally important civic space. The design has not only created state of the art facilities for the city, but has played a major role in the revitalization of its downtown.