Part of an ambitious movement to revitalize Hamilton’s downtown core, Templar Flats demonstrates the power of context-sensitive mid-rise infill projects to reinvigorate our cities and strengthen our urban fabric.

A Wood Mid-rise

Templar Flats is a pioneer in mid-rise construction in Ontario because it is the first modern inhabited six storey wood structure in the province. This was only possible due to changes in the Ontario Building Code that raised the height limit for wood structures from four storeys to six storeys.

Sensitive Infill

Instead of demolishing what was already there, Templar Flats was designed to integrate two existing structures on the site. The resulting building is a rich blend of old and new, with the patina and character that only time can give to buildings, and the technology and comforts of the 21st century. The six storey, mixed used projects offers 25 residential units above and the street level restaurants.

This post forms part of our World Architecture Day Queen’s Park Picks 2017 series in which we asked Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament to nominate a prominent building, past or present, in their riding for a chance to learn more about it. Check out the rest of the series to learn more about Ontario’s great architecture.  

 

Sources

// Canada Wood Council, woodworks!: Templar Flats Case Study.

// Thomas Allen, Building Tours: The Templar Flats. Rebuild Hamilton, Sept 2016. Accessed Sept 2017

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