An Inside Look at Edmonton’s Architectural Renaissance

While Edmonton may be better known for hockey, festivals and as “The Oil Capital of Canada,” there’s another area the city is quickly garnering a reputation in – innovative architecture. Here are five current or recent projects contributing to Edmonton’s architectural renaissance.

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Art Gallery of Alberta

Located at 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Recently named one of the most beautiful museums in the world by prominent architecture website Curbed, the Art Gallery of Alberta features a ribbon of stainless steel that swoops both throughout and around the building. Called “The Borealis,” this massive architectural feature is made up of many pieces, yet appears seamless thanks to the smooth exterior finish. The swirling design is said to represent the city’s winding river and ever-changing weather as well as the Northern Lights.

Hyatt Place Downtown Edmonton

Located at 9576 Jasper Avenue

It’s been nearly forty years since a new hotel opened in downtown Edmonton, but Hyatt Place makes it worth the wait. Mayor Don Iveson recently referred to the hotel as a “stunning cornerstone” of the new pedestrian-oriented corridor, the Armature. With 258 rooms and 11,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, the hotel offers luxuries such as a massive fitness room, a hot tub and free breakfast at a moderate price. As for the building’s facade, Lenmak Exteriors provided StrataClad® and VertiClad™ paneling systems to create a custom, high-end finish that complements the hotel’s modern yet timeless design.

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Rogers Place

Located at 10220 – 104 Avenue

The most advanced sports and entertainment venue in North America, Rogers Place has received numerous awards for its standout design. With a curvaceous stainless steel exterior, the arena is considered the centerpiece of Edmonton’s ICE District. The building has been called “iconic” and trade publication Pollstar recently nominated it as the concert industry’s best new venue. Inside, the largest true high-definition scoreboard in the NHL and a 45-foot circular mosaic, by internationally acclaimed Albertan artist Alex Janvier, blends technology with culture.

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Royal Alberta Museum

Located at 10344 – 97 Street

Designed to showcase the province’s natural and human history, amidst the city’s downtown arts district, the Royal Alberta Museum hopes to attract a variety of exhibits from around the world when it opens in late 2017. At 419,000 square feet, it’s the largest museum in Western Canada –having twice as much floor space as the previous building. With natural materials such as limestone wrapping the exterior, mixed with extensive use of glass, the museum is both commanding and airy.

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Stanley Milner Library

Located at 10212 Jasper Avenue

One of downtown Edmonton’s most visited buildings, the Stanley Milner Library, is in the midst of a massive renovation. Perhaps most dramatic will be the new facade, which will feature a sleek and futuristic design – giving other impressive downtown building exteriors a run for their money. As eye-catching as the building will appear from outside, more true innovation is happening inside. Striking views of both the city and the library’s own interior spaces, tons of natural light and an expanded children’s section are all a part of the project, which is set to be completed by 2020. Lenmak has heard rumours as to where this exterior could be coming from, so stay tuned for updates.

Freedom to Innovate

As these five projects illustrate, Edmonton is set to make its mark as a global leader in forward-thinking architecture. At Lenmak Exteriors, our products place us directly in line with the city’s new aesthetic and we consider our work to be as reliable as it is beautiful. Contact us, or download our FREE Lenmak at a Glance eBook to learn more about how our products can give you the freedom to innovate.

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