The Piazza in Bridgeland

Calgary, AB

As part of "The Bridges" development on the former General Hospital site in northeast Calgary, this mixed-use building was designed to accommodate pedestrian-orientated retail space on the street level and loft-style condominiums on the second level.


The desire to achieve a vibrant pedestrian oriented street is accomplished with various recessed retail entrances and glass display windows, overhead canopies, street trees and wide sidewalks. The design of the building alludes to the Art Deco style and special design attention was given to the corners of the building. The condominium units above have great expanses of glass and feature individual roof top terraces.

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Mixed-Use & Commercial

Garrison Gate

Calgary AB

As part of our ongoing work with Canada Lands Company at Garrison Woods, our office prepared site planning strategies and streetscape designs for this mixed-use project. Located at one of the main entry points into the community of Garrison Woods, this building forms a vibrant pedestrian oriented street edge with retail and restaurant uses spilling out onto the sidewalk.

 

In order to reduce the scale and impact of this development, this project was designed to appear to be a collection of separate buildings, built over time. Each of the buildings was designed as a Colonial style building, using Colonial style details and materials.

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The Pointe, Kensington

Calgary, AB

 

A speculative retail and office building on a triangular site with significant frontage on two pedestrian streets, located in the heart of Kensington, an emerging urban village.


The prominence of the site and its key inner city location, the building has become a landmark. Inspired by the turn of the century flat iron buildings and the unique shape of the site, the Pointe took a form that is memorable. Celebrating what are usually "ordinary" and "ugly" buildings, it becomes a special event in the urban fabric, an evocative building appropriate to its site and intent. The building varies in height from two and one-half to three storeys, with the street frontage divided vertically into six distinct elements in keeping with the historic texture of the area. In the center of the building is an exterior concrete stair, which connect all level of retail and office space to the street.

 

1145 Kensington Cresent

Calgary, AB

 

A 10,000 sq.ft. retail building in the Kensington shopping district of Calgary. The programme called for maximizing the retail space and street frontage. Maintaining the existing historic character and the scale of the area was also considered.


By creating a split-level and allowing for a +1.5m level and -1.5m level, the retail frontage was doubled. Setting the building back from the sidewalk 4.7m allowed for a third level at the +4.5m level with good visibility from the street. The lower levels are entered via a stairway descending 1.5m to a forecourt off the sidewalk. The main level is accessed by a grand stair off the sidewalk, leading to an octagonal skylight entry loggia. From here the upper level is accessible through an internal stair, on axis with the sidewalk stair. The formal organization of the façade, and selective palette of materials used adds a clarity and elegance to the design.

 

Canmore Station

Canmore AB

A residential and mixed-use commercial development, located immediately adjacent to the Canmore downtown core, with 145,000 ft2 of main floor retail space, 330 residential units, and 200 hotel rooms.  Planned as a mixed-use mountain village, building locations were determined by capturing view corridors to the surrounding dominant mountain peaks.  Architectural and Urban Design Codes were developed by Jenkins Architecture based on the Canadian vernacular of mountain architecture.  A canal was an integral feature of the project and served as a summertime water amenity as well as a wintertime skating pond.  The project was designed with all parking, except on-street parking, located in underground garages, allowing pedestrian streets and public spaces, alive with the activities of cafes and shops, to replace automobile traffic and surface parking lots.

Pop's Dairy Bar

Ramsay, Calgary AB

Located in an established residential neighborhood on the site of a former ice cream shop, this project combines three uses, a coffee shop/dairy bar (250 sq.ft.), office space (1,440 sq.ft.), and a residential unit (730 sq.ft.).


In an attempt to relate to its context, this building combines the Craftsman style, a style commonly found in the area, with a subtle Art Deco tribute to the former ice cream shop. The old "Dairy Bar" sign, considered a local icon, is reused on the same prominent street corner.

 

Fish Creek Seniors Community

Calgary, AB

 

The Fish Creek Seniors Community is an integrated care facility designed to accommodate residents with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.  It is comprised of two four story buildings arranged around a central landscaped courtyard.  The integrated nature of the Fish Creek Seniors Community is designed to support aging in place, allowing residents to receive the appropriate level of care as their needs change.
The North Building contains 106 private suites and has a main floor dining room and bistro served by a commercial kitchen, as well as a separate group kitchen and dining area on the second floor.  Other amenities include a full fitness centre, spa, library, theater, and art studio.  The West Building has 87 suites for residents that require less daily care.  Unit sizes range from 820 ft2 to 1,350 ft2.  A common room is located and the main floor and the residents also have full access to the programs and amenities in the main care building.

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