For decades the Art Gallery of St. Albert has been located in a historic bank building on a prime corner of the city’s main street. Due to the growing influence of the arts and the increasing population, an expansion and renovation of the gallery is necessary to accommodate a broader scope of exhibitions within barrier-free space.
Reception and ancillary functions are moved to the lower level, and the upper level of the bank becomes an open office/studio area. This allows the new second floor gallery to host more ambitious exhibitions, while creating a street presence symbolic of a cultural hub.
The historic bank and its 1966 addition are listed as being of historical importance. Our addition is the logical next step in the evolution of this building in its historic context. The entire project is being developed for a budget of $1.5 million. The design achieves a desirable urban impact as a cultural destination while meeting the conservative budget.