Owner: Town of LaSalle
Location: LaSalle, Ontario
Size: 46,000 sf
The Municipal Centre is aptly named for its focus on the notion that town services can be consolidated and enhanced if placed under one roof. This facility truly stands as a commitment to the community it serves.
The Centre boosts a new 26,000 sf administrative office, an 11,000 sf library and a 3,000 sf Senior’s Centre. Linking these program components is a large 6,000 sf light-filled atrium which provides access to and connects users to the various services offered within the Centre. The library incorporates an outdoor program space for users to enjoy shaded exterior activities, learning or study opportunities. The building’s atrium is designed to promote informal seating for reading or social interaction. Seating areas are situated on both the main atrium floor surrounding the bio-filter living wall and on the second floor providing balcony views. This “treehouse” effect was inspired by the Carolinian Forests which make up part of LaSalle’s natural beauty – a quality and character that the town wished to incorporate.
The site is fully re-developed complete with a fountain water feature and sunken plaza, a large paved area for outdoor festivals and events, a relocated cenotaph and gardens with passive seating for outdoor movie nights or just a leisurely walk in the park.