Are you up for the challenge?

Here was the office challenge: find your favourite building in the K-W-C Region and write about why.

Having had little exposure to architecture, let alone the K-W-C Region, the first place that came to mind when faced with this question was a building recently introduced to me- the Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener. Hidden on the end of a small street between the downtown core and the expressway, this building should top anyone’s list of favourite buildings in the area.

Spanish for the word estate, a hacienda was historically a mark of status, associated with wealth and luxury available only to a small number of wealthy landowners. With large tracts of land, the haciendas were often part of a lucrative business in plantation farming, mining or factory work. Known for their unique design, the buildings traditionally featured apartments opening into an interior courtyard in the centre, much like the courtyard featured in the Hacienda Sarria.

Adapted from the remnants of an old warehouse once located on the site, the Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener features hints of the Brown Steel Works factory it once was. Showcasing local craftsmanship from companies such as the Two Smiths, every aspect of the building is a work of art. Attention to detail is evident throughout the building, featuring architectural detail true to traditional Spanish design, to create an authentic looking Hacienda in the heart of Kitchener. Complete with beautiful gardens, landscaping and ponds, the Hacienda is probably best known as a venue for weddings and local events.

Entering the building is a welcomed departure from the feeling of being in the City, transporting you to a grand courtyard in the Mediterranean Region of Europe. From the cobblestone flooring, to the sunlight streaming through the central skylight, the design features come together to create a cozy and lavish atmosphere that is both inviting and remarkable.

So now that I have found and shared my favourite place in the K-W-C Region the question now becomes are you up for the challenge? Find, photograph, and provide a short description of why you chose the building you did and post it as a comment below. Cant wait to see all the places you discover!

Guest blogger Cailin Radcliffe

More information on the Hacienda can be found on their website http://www.haciendasarriakw.com/Hacienda_Sarria_Introduction.php

Photos by Taylor Jackson Photography

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