Remai Modern

  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Tom Arban
  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Adrien Williams
  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Tom Arban
  • © Nic Lehoux
  • © Tom Arban
  • © Adrien Williams

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Canada

Local Authority Area

Not in UK/ROI

Information about this scheme

Remai Modern is critical to the urban vitality of the prairie city of Saskatoon, one of Canada’s fastest growing urban communities and healthiest economies. Since the original gallery – The Mendel Art Gallery – opened its doors in 1964, Saskatoon’s population has nearly doubled in size, diversified its economy, embraced a global perspective, and is now distinguished as the “Gateway to the New North”. Remai Modern was conceived to both provide an expanded space for Saskatoon’s growing art community and citizens, and to advance a 30-year plan to transform Saskatoon’s south downtown into a vibrant urban riverfront integrated with the ecology of the South Saskatchewan River. As part of the City’s goal to enrich River Landing with a cultural destination, Remai was strategically located to the adjacent Persephone Theatre, a regional theatre company founded in 1974. The contextual response references the immediate site, the horizontal topography of the Canadian prairies, and the rational rectilinear geometry of regional agrarian structures to create a distinctive geometry that is both functional and elemental. It also respects the presence and identity of the Persephone Theatre; its curved façade was left untouched and its pointed end was given enough compositional space to maintain its presence. The massing strategy of four stratified, cantilevered volumes is organized to engage the river edge to the south and relate to the varied topography of the riverbanks as well as the upper grade levels of 2nd Avenue and the flytower of the adjacent Persephone Theatre. The south elevation spans the length of the site. Entrances at each end integrate the gallery into the new pedestrian flows along the riverbank.

The ground floor is fully glazed and, on every level, all major program, public amenity, and gathering spaces are oriented to face south to the river and east to the roundabout that connects the city to the riverbank.  A central atrium organizes the plan. The ground floor also features a generous connecting stair which defines a continuous vertical path and facilitates orientation to all the galleries in the upper levels. Parts of the exterior are clad in a screen of copper mesh, a material inspiration from the nearby Bessborough Hotel, an architectural landmark built by the Canadian National Railway in 1932.

Credits

Applicant

KPMB Architects

Architect

KPMB Architects (Design Architect)

Architect

Architecture49 (Prime Consultant)

Client

City of Saskatoon and the Remai Modern

Interior Designer

KPMB Architects

Landscape Architect

PFS Studio

Main Contractor

EllisDon

Structural Engineer

Entuitive

M&E Engineers

Crossey Engineering

M&E Engineers

Mulvey + Banani

Acoustic Consultant

Daniel Lyzun & Associate

Acoustic Engineer

Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.

Museum Designer

Lundholm Associates Architects

Sustainability Consultant

Transsolar

Cost Consultant

Turner & Townsend cm2r

Civil Engineers

MMM Group

Other

Mulvey + Banani (security, IT, AV)

Other

Enermodal (LEED)

Other

Leber | Rubes (building code)

Signage Graphic Design

karlssonwilker inc.

Lighting Consultant

Tillotson Design Associates

Catering Consultant

Kaizen Foodservice Planning & Design

Primary Use Class

Class D1e - Museums