17 Huntsman Gate,  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Ontario Association of Architects

  INSTITUTIONAL  PROJECT
  GIANT'S  RIB DISCOVERY  CENTRE
   Waterdown, Ontario, Canada


Dedicated to the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail, this 1,850 m2 (20,000 sq.ft.) demonstration museum started with the premise that the building would try to disappear into the natural environment of the site. To do this we employed employ a green roof that will rise from grade, arch over the building mass and return to grade like a rolling hill. The vertical surface on the west side, which is the visible side, is constructed as a vertical stone wall using the stone from the adjacent quarry. It will look like the quarry wall. Finally, the entire parking lot is hidden behind an earth berm to minimize its visual impact.

  • Approaching View 

  • Entrance
Even the skylights and mechanical penthouses are enclosed in quarry stone as they project up through the rolling hill. The only other visible material is glass that is used at the entry point.

  • SITE

  • MAIN LINING PLAN

  • UPPER LINING PLAN
So that visitors can experience the view and natural wonders which the quarry and surrounding lands offer, the entire east face of the ‘hill’ is glass. Proximity to the quarry will make for magnificent views from places such as the restaurant and the restaurant patio.

  • LEVEL 1
CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME
JARVIS LIBRARY
WOODLAND INDIAN CULTURAL EDUCATIONAL CENTER
GIANT'S RIB DISCOVERY CENTRE
ST. ANDREW'S UNITED CHURCH
PORT ROWAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
FORT ERIE TRAVEL CENTRE
SIX NATIONS POLICE HEADQUARTERS
BRANT BIBLE CHURCH
ST LEONARD EMERALD ST