The Prairie Design Awards are presented in cooperation between:

Alberta Association of Architects Saskatchewan Association of Architects Manitoba Associaton of Architects

Award of Excellence

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
Edmonton, Alberta


Category: Recent Work
Project Owner: City of Edmonton
Architect/Interior Designer/Landscape Architect of Record: MacLennan Jaunkalns Mller Architects (Lead Design Arch/Interior Designer) HIP Architects (Joint Venture Architect (Edmonton)
Structural Consultant: Read Jones Christoffersen Engineering
Mechanical Consultant: Hemisphere Engineering
Electrical Consultant: Hemisphere Engineering
Contractor: Clark Builders (Construction Managers)
Additional Consultants: Not stated

The Project | Jury Comments

A skilled team of architects has crafted a sublime response to a complex program. Inherently bulky building components have been arranged such that the program is located at the perimeter, keeping circulation compact and efficient at the centre. A cinematic layering of spaces is achieved, with framed moments in the elevation capable of engaging not only various user groups but the outside world. The massing of what could be a monolithic imposing building is broken down into digestible elements that interrelate with each other, and a critically important human scale is maintained – which, along with generous daylighting and a warm palette of materials, provides a truly welcoming facility for the community.

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