Market Lane | London Ontario | Hapa Collaborative


Back in February 2012, we reported that Hapa Collective had won the Market Lane Design Competition. Now, we see the realised project from Hapa Collective that is set to revitalize a narrow but critical linkage in the urban fabric of downtown London.



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 upcoming World Figure Skating Championships and the imminent 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 it’s reputation for higher learning, medicine and technological innovation. The concept also engages the design for building edges to provide a stronger indoor outdoor relationship between interior performance space and potential programming in the Lane.



Project Name:                   Market Lane

Location:                              London, Ontario Canada

Design Firm:                       Hapa Collaborative

Year:                                      2012

Image Credits:                   Hapa Collaborative

Text Credits:                      Hapa Collaborative


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