West Harbour GO Station
As an entrance to the City of Hamilton, West Harbour GO Station forms part of Metrolinx’s plan to expand service to the Hamilton and Niagara Falls area along the Lakeshore West corridor. This project was initiated as part of the expansion plan for Niagara, to provide special train service for select Pan Am events in Hamilton, to support growth and to meet future ridership demands for Hamilton and the surrounding area.
Transit beauty for Hamilton’s first downtown mobility hub and GO train station
As the primary mobility hub for 2015 Pan Am Game events in Hamilton, this project served as a gateway to the city for citizens, athletes and spectators. Now finished, an urban plaza embellished with landscaped gardens, creates a forecourt to the main station building offering enriched opportunities for special events and casual use for the public.
Embedded in the notion of a transit hub is the organized collision of movement. This project utilizes the sculptural characteristics of steel to guide the movement of light, air and the flow of transit users while simultaneously creating a sense of place. The main façade of the station building punctuated by a perforated zinc screen, in concert with the skeletal structure of the bridge, offers vibrant patterns of light. The building itself operates as an urban scale sculpture, floating gently over the tree line and hovering at street level, 8m above the rail corridor.
Located adjacent to the historic CN Rail building on James Street North, the facility is designed as a landmark for the City of Hamilton, connecting the CN rail service to the U.S. and GO’s Lakeshore West corridor expansion along the main line. The building’s architectural features are scaled to integrate modestly with the neighbourhood setting while celebrating a contemporary engineering vocabulary.
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