Halwell Mutual Insurance Company Head Office as seen from the back of the building at dusk
Halwell Mutual Insurance Company Head Office interior images of lobby and hallway
Halwell Mutual Insurance Company Head Office's staff room
Halwell Mutual Insurance Company Head Office offices and hallway
Halwell Mutual Insurance Company Head Office entrance at dusk
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Halwell Mutual Insurance Company Head Office

As the oldest farmers’ mutual insurance company in Ontario, Halwell is a well-established and trusted partner with farmers and their rural communities. When Halwell decided to build their new head office in the southeast corner of Kitchener, the goal was to create a building that reflects the clientele, the values of the company, and the landscape context perfectly.

Although Halwell wanted a sophisticated head office, they also didn’t want to alienate their rural clientele or their employees with an ostentatious design. Martin Simmons Sweers helped to create this correct impression that begins right from the moment a client arrives at the building. The front approach begins with attractive native species landscaping, which marries well with the hard-working, simple materials used in the exterior – a prominent use of wood and stone combined with contemporary steel and two-storey glazing. The use of wood was a deliberate choice that – along with the sloped roof - pays homage to rural construction and landscape.

Inside, walls and windows are carefully oriented and sized to focus and frame views of the surrounding rural landscape, creating vignettes that resonate with visitors and staff. Halwell’s commitment to creating a meaningful indoor environment is evidenced by the choice of triple-glazed windows, wooden slat shading and deep soffit overhangs to prevent draughtiness and glare.

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.
14,000 sq. ft.
Guelph, Ontario
Sustainable / Green Certification
Interested in this project or working with MSS?
Please contact Partner Jason Martin.

“Everyone just loves the space. It’s a great space to work in. And we’re always getting compliments from the customers. From the entryway all the way through the building, they’re just wowed.”

Marg Torrance
President & CEO, Halwell Mutual Insurance Company

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