Location: Medicine Hat, Canada
Program: Restaurant, Bar, Bbrewery, Office, Rooftop Cafe
Size: 2485 m2
Exhibition: Thinking Hat
Team: Jessie Andjelic, Philip Vandermey
As one of many historical buildings that are partially or fully vacant in downtown Medicine Hat, the Beveridge Block is an excellent candidate for reactivation - it has a mostly historically intact interior, a large flexible main floor and an extra tall upper level. Our proposed design solves all the functional code / exiting issues and introduces a new program that combines different uses to provide a vibrant, diverse and around the clock activity. A restaurant and entertainment venue transforms the grand room into an event space, and can extend to the seasonal restaurant patio on the street. A bar on the mezzanine level provides a center for refreshments provided by the micro brewery in the basement. The third level contains a creative incubator with dedicated spaces for tenants to develop their business and ideas while sharing tools, resources, meeting room and workshop areas with other creatives. The rooftop space allows a 360 degree view of the adjacent river valley and downtown area, and is programmed with a cafe pavilion including a reservable group function area, a terrace and roof garden, and an intimate outdoor lecture / intimate concert venue that connects to the creative spaces below.
The main space in the existing vacant building could host a wide range of possible programs.
Modernization of the circulation and services allows for a number of interrelated and synergistic programs.