Revitalization

New Library/Market Glass Curtain Illuminates Supercrawl on Saturday Night

By Ryan McGreal
Published September 27, 2010

On Saturday night, Hamilton Central Library left their new glass curtain lights on for visitors to Supercrawl. Here's a short video showing some colour transitions:

I can't wait to see how this is going to look once it's completed.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

7 Comments

View Comments: Nested | Flat

Read Comments

[ - ]

By jason (registered) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 09:11:05

I was chatting with someone involved in the design of this project and they tried to convince the city to not install streetlights in front of the market/library due to the impact the outside lights will have on the LED's.
Let's hope they come up with a solution so that all of this great design work isn't lost in a sea of blazing street lights.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By bob lee (anonymous) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 13:09:12

Looks tacky and cheap in my opinion.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By MarketGoer (anonymous) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 13:19:16

Looks fantastic! Where else in Hamilton will you see etched glass highlighted by changing LEDs? It may be the norm in Montreal and Toronto, but this is new for Hamilton, and certainly a VERY welcome addition!!!

Now how can we convince the City to tear down the unused Family Fitness 'facade' and replace it with a grand stairwell up to the Jackson Square rooftop?
It would not only show off the Library reno, but would also make the Rooftop a more attractive place to visit as one could actually see it from York.. if done properly.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By jason (registered) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 13:35:47

marketgoer, you are so right. of all the items discussed and shown in renderings during the York Blvd streetscape plan, the staircase is the one that I think must be done. The city needs to partner with Yale and figure out how to make it work. Perhaps have some kid friendly attractions at the top of the stairs - a carousel and a ferris wheel (by the way, I'd love a monster Paris or London style ferris wheel at our West Harbour) along with a full fledged kids playground (where is the closest kids playground to King/James??). Have a great design with gardens and lots of seating all the way up the stairs. Perhaps put an 'in-street' interactive fountain at the base of the stairs. Make it a destination and a place that people want to come to enjoy, people watch, eat, play and cool off in.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By jason (registered) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 13:40:57

I remember going to cool off in the hot weather in one of the many interactive fountains around town when I lived in Portland.

Salmon Springs, Lovejoy, Teachers Fountain etc.... are interactive:

http://www.portlandonline.com/water/inde...

http://www.google.ca/images?client=safar...

Make city life fun and people will keep coming back for more. Hot chocolate, beaver tails in the winter. Carousel, playground, benches, playing in water, outdoor coffee tables etc... in the summer. Light up the fountain at night and it adds another dimension to the refurbished York Blvd.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By MarketGoer (anonymous) | Posted September 27, 2010 at 16:14:40

Exactly, Jason. One space that immediately comes to mind is Place-Des-Arts in Montreal.
Grand Stairwell, Large Water Feature and most importantly, tons of public gathering space.
Last time I was there, there was a large group of people doing Tai Chi.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By allantaylor97 (registered) | Posted November 15, 2010 at 10:02:02

Looks horrible. Its trendy garbage just like the ugly monstrosity that its replacing

Permalink | Context

View Comments: Nested | Flat

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to comment.

Events Calendar

Recent Articles

Article Archives

Blog Archives

Site Tools

Feeds