The Niagara Market building in Victoria, BC has been amazingly transformed!
When Seamus McKeating & Jennifer Gunter bought the building a little over a year ago it needed an overhaul. We tossed around ideas on how to refresh the building within the existing spaces, while keeping the community spirit that this market has been bringing to the James Bay area in Victoria for over a century.
One of the challenges included making an access to the apartments upstairs that didn’t infringe on the store space. A deck on the 2nd floor with access through the private yard was created. This then created a fantastic space for a patio on the side of the building, which is quickly becoming a social hub for the neighbourhood.
This heritage project has been taken to a new level with the talented new owners, which you can read about in this nice piece the Times Colonist printed recently. Read it here.
Check out Niagara Market’s Instagram Feed for more photo’s of this happening place.
Below is a photo timeline of the Niagara Market project:
Niagara Store building before renovation.
Entry to apartment #2, before.
Entry to apartment #1, before.
The store was a community gathering place.
The exterior after renovations (and a fresh coat of paint).
The outdoor patio is a nice place to hang out and meet your neighbours.
Pop-up market on the patio.
Patio furniture from up-cycled pallets.
This old typewriter was found in the building and lives a second life passing on secret messages.
The new stairs up, from the private yard onto the deck.
Interior of Apartment #2 with 2 sliding door to the new sun deck.
The new deck , with sliding doors of apartment #2.
The new deck , with entry doors to apartment #1 at the end and #2 in the middle.
Entry of apartment #1.
‘Door world’ is where all the salvaged doors find a (temporary) home, if not repurposed into the apartments or the new market.
One of the repurposed doors – into a sliding door.
Interior of the new Market in the making.
The new counter in the making.
About Hajo Meijer
Hajo Meijer is the sole proprietor of Ecocentric Design, committed to deeply sustainable architecture.
Hajo is a graduate from the faculty of Architecture at the TU Delft in the Netherlands and a certified Passive House Designer.
Hajo lives with his family on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.