Image of Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre in Calgary designed by Calgary architect Sturgess Architecture


Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre

Client
The City of Calgary
Year
2005
Status
Completed
Location
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Overview

In 1997 Sturgess Architecture won a national competition to design a master plan for the redevelopment of the former Calgary General Hospital site. Working closely with the local community association, a housing plan was established for 3000 people with an eight-acre park as the new centre of the community. As a function of the master plan, a future community hall was located on a strategic corner of the site.

Sturgess Architecture was selected to design the community centre in 2003. A major urban design initiative of the park was to cradle the play areas with a promontory on the west edge, while the Community Centre mirrors the promontory on the east. The building mass offered a definitive built edge to the new main street of the community. Mediating the site’s four-meter drop from north to south, the building wall gradually reveals itself as the base of a terrace overlooking the play fields and the lower level, which contains the public meeting rooms opening onto the park. The corner of the development is recognized by a ‘lantern’ that functions as the community living room for small meetings. The building provides protection for the park users while acting as a symbolic lantern on the street edge. This project was awarded a Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Award in 2013.