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A Three-Peaked Hat

Patkau Architects | Group2

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Canada is Nature with a capital “N”. We identify this enormous country with vast stretches of natural vegetation, there since time began, cyclical uncontaminated beauty in accordance with the harmonious rhythms born of a natural equilibrium.

Patkau Architects have once again put to the test their ability to create new relationships between a built fabric and what remains of this primordial natural environment lying dormant and unrecognized in complex urban areas largely devoid of any human scale.

The location this time is Edmonton, capital of the province of Alberta, a city of over one million inhabitants distributed along the North Saskatchewan River. Typical of watercourses meandering across extensive low lands, North Saskatchewan describes enormous loops as it collects the waters of myriad small...

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