Client Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Type Institutional, Parkade, Post-Secondary
Size 381,000 sq.ft.
Status Completed 2009
Architect of Record Marshall Tittemore Architects
Photography Nic Lehoux
Given its size, the primary design challenge was mitigating the structure’s actual and perceived scale while maximizing natural ventilation and construction cost efficiencies. Incorporating the site’s topography, we nestled the new 1,100-stall parkade into an existing hillside, leaving only its east and south faces exposed. We decided on ‘Ombrae’ technology and partnered with its developer, Vancouver artist Rod Quin, to design a façade composed of semi-perforated metal screens (or pixels) that allow natural light and ventilation into the interior of the parkade while creating a giant exterior art piece that interacts with sunlight to produce an animated image of clouds floating by.
As a means of invigorating campus life, we designed the parkade with a ceremonial FIFA-sized soccer pitch on top, creating a green roof sports field that covers the structure, incorporates stormwater retention strategies, and provides a playing field where the SAIT Trojans can play year-round.
Revery’s design transforms a typically utilitarian building type into an engaging and award-winning campus structure that blends seamlessly and artistically within its surrounding context, and maintains a visual relationship between the campus and downtown Calgary while respecting the historic heart of SAIT.