Hapa Collaborative was selected the unanimous winner of the Market Lane Design Competition, a proposal to revitalize a narrow but critical linkage in the urban fabric of downtown London connecting Covent Garden with Dundas Street. Edging out competition from some of Canada’s most noted landscape architects, Hapa’s proposal (entitled Figure Ground) utilized a simple concept and austere palette of materials to animate the Lane, and provide a venue for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and the arrival of Fanshawe College’s Digital Media Arts program on the west edge of the Lane.  The landscape design concept drew inspiration from the local landscape of southwestern Ontario, including the Thames River valley that weaves through the city and the Carolinian forest that the site lies within, as well as the aspirations of the larger London community including its reputation for higher learning, medicine and technological innovation.

Following the competition, Hapa worked with the City of London to bring the project to reality, completing full working drawings and contract administration services on site with the local assistance of Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture.  EOS Light Media from Vancouver assisted with the design and installation of the light canopy, a web of 1200 LED lights that are  programmed by students in Fanshawe’s Digital Media school.  Market Lane was unveiled in the winter of 2013.

Role
Prime Consultant, Landscape Architect
With
Equilibrium Consulting Ltd., EOS Light Media
Client
City of London, Ontario
Budget
$800,000
Completion
2013
Photography
Five One Nine Photography &
Nes Nassereddine

 

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