Designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Photos by Mike Lalich
Smith + Andersen's first project for the gallery dates back to 1992 with the creation of internal, precision, climate-controlled storage vaults for art work. S+A's next work for the Art Gallery of Hamilton was in 2004, when the facility's Renewal Project began construction. The Renewal Project, a combination of renovations and additions providing spaces such as Canadian Conservation Institute certified galleries and a new multi-purpose area available for functions, involved the complex task of coordinating new and renovated spaces and equipment while ensuring regular office functions and the temporary storage of art.
One of the project's fundamental goals was to meet strict environmental requirements that are required, for example, by many traveling exhibitions. The ASHRAE standards for Museums, Art Galleries, and Archives is considered the defacto standard accepted by such organizations as the Canadian Conservation Institute. These standards were applied on the project in a cascading approach from minimal control (Class D) to precision control (Class AA) to suit the layout and operating parameters of the project.
New and renovated mechanical systems using district hot/chilled water and direct digital controls (DDC) allow for optimal temperature and humidity control. An independent chilled water system is available for the gallery during times when the district supply is not available.
Hamilton's Urban Design and Architecture Awards 2005 Winner - Excellence in Architectural Design.