Location: Edmonton, AB
Edmonton’s Garneau Theatre, one of the city’s most historic landmarks, was slated for demolition. Originally built in 1941, the theatre and its flanking commercial retail did not accommodate the physical requirements of a successful 21st century commercial development.
The project parameters originally included the accession of further commercial leasing space to establish economic sustainability. The addition of a second storey was explored to accommodate supplementary retail, commercial offices, and a multi-functional space for performing arts, lecture, and conference uses. The design aesthetic, which integrates the building’s original art deco/modern styling, incorporates planning solutions that resolved theatre circulation, exiting, and functionality issues while respecting the building’s marquis.The completed development was a historically acknowledged restoration of the original theatre aesthetic made economically viable through grants and zoning bylaw relaxations.