For many years, 109th street in Edmonton has been one of the busiest and most attractive areas of the city. The High Level Bridge, the city’s main thoroughfare across the North Saskatchewan River, and which once carried the railway line and streetcar, merges into 109th street. Though the train has since been relocated and a streetcar runs only occasionally during the summer months, a commemorative park, Ribbon of Steel, runs alongside 109th street and informs our design for ProCura's The Stables at Mayfair.
Numerous essential elements come into play in this mixed-used commercial building. One of the project requirements was that the structure offer ample parking alongside retail and office space, and that it be done in such a way as to maintain the design’s aesthetic integrity. The Ribbon of Steel park, as well, that runs along the west side of the property will not only be preserved, but celebrated within the design. Finally, an installation art piece that covers both east and west facades screens the parking garage floors in the middle of the building, and forms the visual centrepiece for the entire design.
THE LINES AND COLOURS OF A CITY
Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, a local artist, led the design for the art piece that disguises The Stables’ parking garage. Inspired by the fluid, sinuous lines found in Edmonton’s landscape, Shaw-Collinge superimposed and abstracted the shapes of the North Saskatchewan River, the River Valley trails, and the Ribbon of Steel park onto Architectural Composite Metal panels that simulate a canopy of fluttering leaves. The piece is multi-dimensional and dynamic; depending on the viewer’s perspective, the screen shifts from a blue and grey abstract winter scene, to a summer scene in multiple shades of green. The colours selected accommodate a colourblind-friendly palette.