Brantford YMCA
Brantford YMCA
Brantford YMCA
Brantford YMCA
Brantford YMCA
Brantford YMCA

Revitalizing a City With Powerful Community Design

Brantford YMCA / Wilfrid Laurier University Recreation Complex, Brantford, ON, Canada

Seeking to create a community center that would revitalize its downtown, the City of Brantford teamed with Wilfrid Laurier on the vision for a new community recreation complex. The design team engaged the two clients and the community in a highly collaborative process that ensured all ideas and possibilities were covered and needs best met.

Located at the confluence of a dynamic city edge, the center is conceived as an integrated design that offers the public a unified and cohesive experience asserting a new identify to the block and city as a whole. The design focuses on three themes: memory, movement and landscape as it draws upon the rhythms and patterns of buildings that previously filled the location while creating new possibilities. The center is equipped with gyms, pools, meetings rooms and related spaces to support residents and community events.


It brings a historical neighborhood into the 21st century in a way. It sort of modernizes the city.

– Progress Architecture Award Jury

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