The Prairie Design Awards are presented in cooperation between:

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

Award of Excellence

The Landscape Of Memory: Poppy Plaza
Calgary, Alberta

Category: Landscape Architecture
Architect: the marc boutin architectural collaborative inc.
Owner/Client: The City of Calgary Parks
Prime Consultant: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Mechanical Engineer: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Electrical Engineer: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Contractor: Graham Construction Ltd.

The Project | Jury Comments

The project is a significant urban landscape located along Calgary's Bow River and a vehicular thoroughfare. The active pedestrian ‘river walk’ also serves as a setting to memorialize veterans from WW 1. In the words of the architects, the project “is a multi-scalar space of interaction”. A carefully choreographed series of spaces move the visitor through several grade changes from an upper roadway down to the riverbank. Wood and 'folded’ steel components are integrated as surfaces, benches, frames and canopies. An illuminated bosque of trees and other landscape elements provides a natural and symbolic sense of  ‘nature’. Perhaps most importantly, the project draws upon the emotive qualities of the river itself as a means to generate contemplation and remembrance by passersby.

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