our lady of hope

ancaster, ontario

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Ancaster, Ontario

Designer / Contractor

Project Description

Our Lady of Hope located in Ancaster, Ontario. The unique architecture of the buildings is the first of its kind for the Catholic Cemeteries. Working with architects Young + Wright / IBI Group, and main associate Andrew Baczynski. Tasked with enabling a large atrium that runs from foyer to a large one and half story window, with a panoramic view of the southern part of the property. The roof was constructed with Kalwall translucent glass.

The design concept of Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum 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.

All Kalwall panels are a composite sandwich of fiberglass faces permanently bonded to an aluminum or aluminum/fiberglass internal grid core, infilled with translucent fiberglass or aerogel insulations; Kalwall is the most highly insulating structural translucent light-transmitting materials in the world.

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.