Owner: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594
Location: Tecumseh, Ontario
Size: 17,500 sf
The original Legion Hall was forced to relocate due to future highway developments. The operators of the facility saw this situation as an opportunity to create a new type of Legion Hall, one that plays a more active role in the local community by including a specialized event space. The event revenue was also seen as a way of continuing the operation of the legion, thus continuing public awareness of Canada’s noble veterans and storied military history.
Many of the building’s elements draw inspiration from Canada’s rich military history and reinterpret’s them in an articulated, modern architectural language. Amongst these is the large entrance canopy that soars from the face of the building. This important focal point takes the form of a sculpted wing, a metaphorical homage to the efforts of countless Canadian airmen and women that served our country. The member’s area draws inspiration from military architecture such as bunkers and other fortified structures. The sculpted, angled concrete walls possess a rugged concrete finish while an earth berm partially covers the base of the volume. These various elements, when reframed, become a lasting monument to those who served in Canada’s rich military legacy.
Programmatically, the facility becomes bisected by a shared atrium and lobby space. One side is intended for Legion member use while the other half is conceived as a banquet hall for the public. Both programs utilize thoughtful day-lighting systems through the implementation of clear-storey windows and numerous skylights.