Breithaupt Block, Building I's courtyard entrance
Breithaupt Block, Building I's lounge area with window and exposed brick
Breithaupt Block, Building I's during renovation showing exposed wood trusses
Breithaupt Block, Building I's exterior front entrance
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Breithaupt I

This adaptive reuse project transformed a heritage industrial building along the railway into stunning modern offices in downtown Kitchener. The first challenge for Martin Simmons Sweers on this project was to peel back the layers of poorly conceived 20th century additions to get to the core essence of the beautiful brick and beam building. The result was an unusual E-shaped structure with narrow floor plates that allowed amazing day lighting, including from massive clerestory windows. In between each section, courtyards were created to allow for places to eat, play, and meet.

Another challenge was to thoughtfully add contemporary requirements, such as structural supports, elevators, and a clear central entrance way to attract visitors. These modern, ‘light touches’ complement the original design, rather than competing.

This project was started and/or completed under Certificate of Practice issued to Robertson Simmons architects inc. prior to firm name change to Martin Simmons Architects Inc.
141,000 sq. ft.
Kitchener, Ontario
Interested in this project or working with MSS?
Please contact Partner Patrick Simmons.

“We went to MartinSimmons for all three phases of the Breithaupt Block redevelopment, because they always came back with something very exciting.”

Craig Beattie
Perimeter Developments

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