Year 2014Subterranean public washrooms with a landmark building for Bronte Park.

Clients: Town of Oakville
Location: Oakville, Ontario
Scope of Work: Architectural, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering
Area: 109 sm / 1,175 sf
Budget: $840,000
Completion: 2014

Here is perhaps the ultimate design challenge.  How to design something necessary and exceedingly practical, and make it a positive landmark feature in a pleasant natural setting.  Within the Town of Oakville’s standards for public washrooms, Quartek explored the nautical theme embedded in the master plan for Bronte Park.  The result is a utilitarian-programmed washroom building which expresses the kinetic energy of a sailboat. Quartek provided comprehensive architectural, structural, civil and electrical designs, and contract administration services.  The next time you are in Bronte, go and visit this little gem.

… and incidentally, many people don’t know that Bronte was named for the Duke of Bronte, Bronte being a town in Sicily.  The dukedom was created by King Ferdinand III of Sicily in 1799, and granted to Admiral Horatio Nelson – the former Town of Bronte being located in the former Township of Trafalgar