Canada City Hall
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 1990
Government buildings housing bureaucracy are often large and impersonal. This project attempts to break down the scale and open up the building to the public. The building is first generated by cuts into the ground, parallel to main streets and site contours. The extruded office bars are arranged in a non-hierarchical scheme representing democracy. Programmatic open spaces take place within the resulting voids. Thus the boundaries between public and private realms (inside-outside) are ambiguous creating a more accessible building.