Courtesy of KPMB Architects + Architecture49
- Architects: KPMB Architects, Architecture49
- Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
- Architect Of Record: Architecture49
- Design Architect: KPMB Architects
- Area: 126000.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2017
- Kpmb Team: Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Matthew Wilson (associate), Paulo Rocha (associate), Matthew Krivosudsky, Terry Kim, Marcus Colonna, David Poloway, Jessica Juvet
- Architecture49 Team: Grant Van Iderstine (principal-in-charge, project architect), Brad Cove (project coordinator), Neil Hulme
- Consultants: Entuitive (structural), Crossey Engineering (mechanical), Mulvey + Banani (electrical), Lundholm Associates Architects (museum planning), Transsolar (climate), Turner & Townsend cm2r (cost), Daniel Lyzun & Associates (acoustics), Aercoustics Engineering Ltd. (vibration), Mulvey + Banani (security, IT, AV), Enermodal (LEED), MMM Group (civil, transportation), Leber | Rubes (building code), Enro/Creative Fire (signage), Tillotson Design Associates (lighting), Kaizen Foodservice Planning & Design (food services)
Text description provided by the architects. The form and massing respond
Public spaces on every level are organized to maximize the connection to the river. A central atrium organizes the plan and offers a community gathering space. A generously-scaled connecting stair on the ground floor is located to initiate a continuous path through all levels.
The exterior is clad in a copper-coloured metal screen and was inspired by Saskatoon’s historic architectural landmark, the Bessborough Hotel (CNR, 1932).
The architecture of the Remai Modern simultaneously looks back and forward. It forges a strong relationship to the legacy of the Mendel and creates a platform to reinforce the role of art for the “advancement of Saskatoon as a creative city dedicated to lifelong learning.”
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