Nyhoff Architecture was the prime consultant for the conservation, renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic St. Louis Hotel in Calgary’s emerging East Village.
The St. Louis Hotel represents the former retail and commercial core of the city and survived as one of six (6) hotels in the city built before World War One. The original hotel contained 60 rooms, a bar, a café, a barbershop, cigar stand and was a popular watering hole to many of Calgary’s politicians.
The building was built in 1913 and its upgrading and rejuvenation was an important step towards re-establishing 8th Avenue as a vital and historic gateway between the emerging East Village, the New Central Library and Downtown.
The King Edward School is an integrated, mixed-use ‘hub’ that provides a dynamic and collaborative gathering place focused on the incubation and advancement of professional arts practice, social innovation and community development in South Calgary.
While the core operations of the multi-tenant arts incubator will be housed in the original 1912 sandstone school building and subsequent phased additions, the remainder has been developed comprehensively in terms of mixed-income residential uses, amenities and public spaces that reinforce the purpose, and enhance the sustainability, of the anchor arts facility.
d.TALKS - Building Iconomy
type - Adaptive reuse / Heritage conservation / Conceptual
location: Calgary, AB
status: Completed 2013 (conceptual)
Winner - 2013 / Conceptual Proposal / 2014 Lion Award for Advocacy and Awareness
Winner - 2013 Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Projects
In 2013, Nyhoff Architecture participated in a dTalks event about one of Calgary’s most significant examples of Brutalist Architecture.
Our submission represented the study of a question: How can this site accommodate growth to a competitive level of density while conserving and adaptively reusing the CBE Building as part of a larger development? Our exploration included the research of history, precedent, fact gathering, bylaw and code analysis, diagramming, and optional design studies. We challenged the limitations of the site and existing building to yield a viable opportunity to conserve the CBE building in a highly designed building massing that improved the urban fabric of this block with an FAR of 15 and a total GFA of 158,000 m2.
Legislative Assembly of Alberta Gift Shop
type: Interior / Retail
location: Edmonton, AB
status: Completed in 2016
photo credits: Jean Perron Photography
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta Gift Shop is located in the renovated Federal Building in Edmonton.
Creating a modern gallery aesthetic was a goal of the project to serve as a backdrop to a myriad of Alberta created artwork, jewelry, stationary, books, artifacts, craft and souvenirs. Part of the design features a “regional showcase” display which highlights the unique qualities of various regions of the province. Nyhoff Architecture also designed the merchandising plan and all exhibit and display fixtures within the intent of creating a retail environment that is completely flexible and adaptable.
location: Springbank, AB
status: Completed n 2015
photo credits: Jean Perron Photograpy
Erlton Street Residence
location: Calgary, AB
status: Under construction
Located on a narrow site backing onto the Elbow River, the design of this project has been shaped by the flood of 2013. Although the site is relatively deep, the allowable building footprint is dramatically reduced by line of the floodway which cuts diagonally through the property. Our design concept raises the living spaces above the 100’ yr flood elevation atop a concrete entry and garage. The front and rear of the ground floor can be opened to allow flood waters to pass through and easily dry out after the water recedes with minimal damage to the structure since much of the effort after the flood of 2013 was placed on removing moldy and damaged construction.
Our clients lived directly across the street from this property so both of their properties were flooded, making this project even more relevant to their commitment to live and enjoy this neighborhood adjacent to the Elbow River. There are hundreds of residential properties located along the banks of Calgary’s’ rivers and we believe this particular example establishes a unique precedent of seamlessly integrating flood mitigation strategies into a strong architectural design concept rather than employing “stilt” construction that simply removes the house from the engagement of the pedestrian ground plane.
London Road Residence
type: Single-family custom home
location: Lethbridge, AB
status: Under construction
The London Road house is a single family residential project designed for an active family who cycle, garden, appreciate design and are interested in living simply in a home designed specifically for them. They own a sloped corner lot in an old neighborhood known for it's character heritage homes. As a strategy to conserve costs, we detached the garage from being part of the house and located it on the low south end of the site off the lane. To take advantage of the views and better connect with the higher north street, we created an open plan living space, kitchen and map room on the upper floor slightly raised above grade. The bedrooms and family room are all located below in the walk out lower floor with direct access to the yard between the body of the house and the garage. This creates a sun filled micro climate garden and patio protected from the wind.
The house is expressed as an open ended "tube" sitting upon a concrete box that nestles into the sloped site. The tube is clad in reclaimed barn wood and will cantilever beyond the concrete base to the north and the south to create modern "porches" without additional square footage costs. The deep overhangs and slat wood sides of the porches protect from the strong south sun and west winds while providing privacy and expanded outdoor living space.
We have tried to create a simple but unique design for their family that uses conventional construction methods and materials in a more daring way that better connects them to the outdoors and to their neighborhood.
We are currently working on the renovation and expansion of the Willow Ridge Community Centre into an improved facility that provides more attractive and accessible amenities for current and future community members, neighboring communities and various additional user groups.
The goals of the project are achieved through a comprehensive vision that distributes the project resources evenly across the scope of work. Our interest is not in creating a singular architectural “moment” but rather an overall enhancement, upgrade and unification of the building and site through many design opportunities:
• Improve and unify the external appearance and identity of the building through color and materiality.
• Build upon the original character of the 1960’s base building.
• Creatively improve and integrate physical accessibility throughout the site and the building to ensure the facility is accessible to all ages and abilities. Barrier free design should be invisible and seamless.
• Visually reconnect the facility to the site and neighborhood by enlarging existing windows to create new visual connections into the building and outward to the site. This not only enhances a visitors experience, but assists with creating passive supervision to and from the building making the site safer and more welcoming to enjoy.
• Update the interior finishes to modernize the facility with durable and low maintenance materials.
• Create a simple, flexible, adaptable and intimately scaled Hall that expands the Community Associations programming and revenue generating opportunities. The building should be fully engaged in the heart of the site, generate and support year-round use and activity.
Our Vision is to return the site and building to it’s heyday as a landmark, focal point and social gathering place for the community. Like many neighborhoods in Calgary, the Willow Ridge Community is in the midst of an exciting transition as new and younger families move in alongside original, long time and senior residents who continue to call the Community home.