Sounds of construction echo off the hi-rises in the core. Walking along James St. North it’s hard to miss the flurry of construction at the William Thomas building. As this build rises, a new floor added each week, it nears it’s full height of 21-stories. LIUNA and partner Hi-Rise Group are developing the lot beside the Lister Block. This new student residence will house close to 388 students in 146 units (1, 2 and 4 bedroom suites).
The initial structure of the building will add to the diverse architectural forms on James St. North. Compared to hi-rises in the core this building has many set-backs and recesses which give the structure a better visual appeal. It provides the building with a unique profile and does not appear to tower over the surrounding buildings.
To compliment its interesting structure the developers are using colour to give the building some flair. Three different colours (Maroon, Grey, and White) form a pin-stripe pattern on the exterior materials. Once complete this building will have a style all its own.
The William Thomas building will be a welcome addition to the street. Its interesting features and colours will provide Hamilton’s skyline with a new building filled with character.
What features do you like about the William Thomas building so far? Do you think that this building’s design could be improved in any way?
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