- Area : 126000 ft²
- Year : 2017
Architect of Record : Architecture49
Consultants : Entuitive, Crossey Engineering Ltd., Mulvey & Banani International, Lundholm Associates Architects, Transsolar, Turner & Townsend, Daniel Lyzun & Associates, Aercoustics Engineering Ltd, Enermodal Engineering, MMM Group, Leber | Rubes, Enro/Creative Fire, Tillotson Design Associates, Kaizen Food Service Planning & Design Inc
- Design Architect : KPMB Architects
- Kpmb Team : Bruce Kuwabara, Shirley Blumberg, Matthew Wilson, Paulo Rocha, Matthew Krivosudsky, Terry Kim, Marcus Colonna, David Poloway, Jessica Juvet
- Architecture49 Team : Grant Van Iderstine, Brad Cove, Neil Hulme
- City : Saskatoon
- Country : Canada
Text description provided by the architects. The form and massing respond to the low, flat topography of Saskatchewan’s prairie landscape and evoke regional agrarian traditions of low-rise, rectilinear sheds and barns. Four cantilevered horizontal volumes engage the River edge to the south and 2nd Avenue to the east. The south elevation spans the length of the site and the ground floor is fully glazed to provide continuous day-lit public spaces with access to the River. Entrances at each end integrate the gallery into the new pedestrian flows along the river bank.
Public spaces on every level are organized to maximize the connection to the river. A central atrium organizes the plan and offers a community gathering space. A generously-scaled connecting stair on the ground floor is located to initiate a continuous path through all levels.
The exterior is clad in a copper-coloured metal screen and was inspired by Saskatoon’s historic architectural landmark, the Bessborough Hotel (CNR, 1932).
The architecture of the Remai Modern simultaneously looks back and forward. It forges a strong relationship to the legacy of the Mendel and creates a platform to reinforce the role of art for the “advancement of Saskatoon as a creative city dedicated to lifelong learning.”