From institutional to high-rise to commercial design, Canadian professionals in architecture and construction have been busy this year. Soon-to-be finished buildings feature inventive interior layouts, mixed material use and exteriors meant to blend in and stand out amongst the diversity of Canada’s cities and natural landscape. Here are five Canadian architectural projects to be completed in 2017.
The Fox Two (Edmonton, Alberta)
The second tower of a two-building project, The Fox Two is a 169-suite condominium tower located on 104 Street, known by the developers as “the most desirable street in downtown Edmonton.” Anchored by a five-storey brick podium, meant to highlight the neighbourhood’s history and house retail shops and restaurants, the 33-storey tower boasts an expansive glass feature wall and a bold hit of red near the roof to underline its modern design. Inside, details such as quartz kitchen countertops are paired with high-gloss cabinets and quality finishing.
Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project (Iqaluit, Nunavut)
Illustrating both the promise and challenges facing construction in Northern Canada, the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project will create an airport terminal eight times larger than the previous facility and shows growing confidence in the North’s economy as well as the tourism and travel industries. Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the project is a part you cannot see – the underground thermosiphon system that works year-round to permanently freeze the ground beneath the terminal building, halting the freeze-thaw cycle and saving large amounts of time and funds.
Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility (Calgary, Alberta)
Calgary’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility features a wooden roof so vast it’s said to be the largest in North America. Its rolling shape echoing the Calgary landscape, the facility is perched atop the city’s highest point – meaning special considerations were made for high wind exposure. While it’s all about the exposed mass timber on the inside, the brass exterior finishing will develop a natural patina over time and blend into its surroundings.
Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton, Alberta)
Bringing together natural limestone and modern glass, the Royal Alberta Museum’s exterior echoes the meeting of history and technology within the 419,000 square foot building. A state of the art climate control system is sure to draw exhibits from around the world, while a stunning grand staircase will certainly delight any visitor. Perhaps most stunning of all is the amount of light rumoured to flood the interiors, which is said to illustrate the museum’s mandate of transparency: letting the outside world dive into the depths of natural history.
Sheridan College – Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga, Ontario)
A major addition to Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC), the five-storey, 220,000 square foot building is an example of how the world of architecture constantly searches for ways to reinvent traditional spaces. According to the design team, HMC was created to act as a living laboratory where learning can happen anywhere – not just in a classroom. With an aluminium standing seam system acting as cladding, the building exterior allows for a play of light and shadow thanks to the deep vertical folds.
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