Daylighting the way in Ancaster, Ontario

Aurora, IL, US

The subtlety and spiritual strength of daylight can bring hope, honor and respect to a building when architects like Andrew Baczynski, Associate of Young + Wright / IBI Group Architects. They were able to rise to the challenge of taking a space to a higher level of consciousness. The design concept of Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum in Ontario, addresses the issues related to the mourning ceremony, the spiritual character of the space, and the relationship to the site. Imaginative use of the design flexibility and daylighting performance of Kalwall translucent building systems was specified “because of its unique translucent character with an appropriate quality of natural light transmitted for the mausoleum building,” said Baczynski of Young + Wright / IBI Group.

“The plan of the Mausoleum is symmetrical with major elements located along the north axis,” says Baczynski. The main concourse is daylighted with Kalwall’s proprietary Kalcurve® structural translucent panel system. “The curved organic shape of the building evokes a feeling of the environment as well as the patron of the Mausoleum, Lady of Hope. The woman’s soft curved body is reflected in the building shapes and the blue/white color dominates throughout the building. The light and delicate character of inner spaces flooded with soft light from the translucent roof refer to women’s intimacy.”

The structure of the building is entirely cast-in-place concrete with some areas of exposed concrete. Exterior cladding includes, Arriscraft stone, Indiana limestone and zinc. The interior materials are mainly marble and limestone in contrast with the translucent Kalwall fenestration.

“The building is designed to be energy-efficient and embody the principals of sustainability, including: a geothermal system, building envelope upgrades, energy-efficiency upgrades relating to mechanical systems and lighting controls, water-use reductions, interior air quality and sustainable materials,” concluded Baczynski.

Helping to achieve the design and daylighting objectives of the space is testimony to Kalwall’s 60-year history of innovation and spirit of working in partnership with the world’s most innovative and renowned architects.

Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum

Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Architect: Young + Wright / IBI Group Architects
Arial view courtesy of Young + Wright / IBI Group Architects
Kalwall Specifications: 
2-3/4″ (70mm) flat and curve structural sandwich panels
U-Values: 
      0.18 (0.1.02 W/m2K) Kalcurve in arched Skyroof®
      0.10 (0.56 W/m2K) Kalwall in sloped Skyroofs
Light Transmission: 6%
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: 0.12
Panel face colors: 
     Exterior: Ice Blue
     Interior: White
Perimater aluminum finish: Aluminum #79

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