The city hall building is a dynamic and contemporary location in downtown Kitchener. Other than being the administrative headquarters of the municipal government with a focus on the economic and business development of the region, the Kitchener City Hall serves as a venue for hosting cultural events that promote the region’s heritage.
A Brief History
Kitchener City Hall was officially opened in 1993 and in 2013, it celebrated its 20th anniversary. The building was designed by Bruce Kuwabara, a Toronto based architect who won a national architectural competition that was held in 1989 to find the best design for the city hall. Bruce, known for his creativity and remarkable designs, grew to become one of Canada’s best architects. He went on to win several awards in his professional career, including the Governor’s General Award for Architecture that recognized his designs and management excellence.
why does kitchener city hall stand out?
The building has some distinct construction features that make it a sight to behold. The stones that were used to construct the building include the Canadian granite stone, green slate stones from Wales and the red sandstone that are mainly found in India. The Kitchener City Hall has entrances in King, Duke, and Young Streets so as to make accessing it easy.
it’s a Community Hub
The building is more than just a series of walls that have been put up to house the municipal government. A closer look reveals that the building has vitality and soul. The building pulses with life and you will find city employees, students, curious visitors and refugees within the hall.
Pieces of art are displayed within the buildings that help visitors learn about the history of the region and the vision that the architect had of the building. There is also a garden with benches on the outside that you can use to relax as you take in the magnificence of the building. This has gone a long way to transform the hall into an extension of the community, it is a joyful public space.