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Pier 8 Promenade Park

City of Hamilton

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Pier 8 Promenade Park


Working with PFS Studio landscape architects, Shed 7 was imagined on the northern edge of the city of Hamilton. Shed 7 pays homage to the cities industrial heritage while addressing its promising future. Extending from the ribbon-like gestures that carve rippling terraces into the landscape, a glazed lantern emerges at the northeast corner of the site. Seven structural sections, reminiscent of the framing found on-site gently nod towards the steel factories in the distance. Meandering paths throughout the landscape are elevated and suspended from the structure, creating a moment of pause; a reflection on the steel driven heritage of the city. Beneath the walkway, a reflecting pool becomes a waterfall, inspiring a connection to the waterfront. The structural lantern encloses a programmed café/exhibition space, maintaining a generous amount of ambient light and a comfortable environment to enjoy a view of the escarpment, the activities on the water, and the pier's edge. The architecture is intended to be an extension of the landscape as much as the landscape is a part of its architecture, where people flow seamlessly throughout the site.