Waterdown Library and Civic Centre

Waterdown, Ontario

2011 - 2015

The design process for this 23,500 square foot facility began with an acknowledgement of its dramatic site on the Niagara escarpment. Taking advantage of the topography to provide expression and access to the different programmatic elements in the building, the scheme engages and responds to the site by creating an architectural promenade that culminates in elevated south-facing views to Dundas street, the escarpment and Lake Ontario beyond. The program includes a community library, the Waterdown Public Archive, two community multi-purpose rooms, a satellite municipal services outlet, a community information office, and police services. 


2018 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Award 

2018 The Plan Awards Finalist

2017 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award

2017 Architizer A+ International Awards Finalist

2017 Hamilton Urban Design Award of Excellence

2017 Architectural Record, "Ramped Up".  Civic Buildings Issue

2017 Canadian Interiors, "Lay of the Land", 05/06 Issue Feature

2016 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award Finalist

2016 Mark Magazine, "RDH Nestles a Library into a Hillside"

2013 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence