Image of Bridges Masterplan in Calgary, designed by Calgary architect Sturgess Architecture.

The Bridges Masterplan

The City of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada



The Bridges is a mixed-use housing master plan for a 30-acre site in the community of Bridgeland Riverside. It is the winning entry of a competition hosted by the City of Calgary on the former site of the Calgary General Hospital.

It was stipulated in the competition regulations that the current quantity of park or open space was to remain, although the location could change. This design moved the park to the centre of the redevelopment site, overlooking the bluff and closer to the existing community. The park is enclosed on three sides by housing in scale with the new open space. This allows for spectacular views of the downtown city from the new community centre. The existing retail street is strengthened and re-established with two stories of housing placed above. The remaining multi-family housing contains either two levels of housing, or convertible live-work studio space at grade with another two to six levels above. A proposed development for the Memorial Drive edge is for 30,000 square meters of office space, which is a means to mediate the community from the traffic and to provide increased ridership for the LRT. The Bridges Masterplan has won multiple awards including the Architectural Review Magazine/MIPIM Future Project Award.