Edmonton Brewery District recognized at ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards
Edmonton Brewery District brought home silver in the New Development category at this year’s ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards! The innovative shopping centre in Edmonton’s densest residential neighbourhood offers a wide variety of shops and services within walking distance.
What makes it stand out from other shopping centres in Canada?
Edmonton Brewery District is constructed on a site previously inhabited by a 1914 Molson Brewery. Rather than remove the old building, the history of the site has been creatively preserved by adaptive re-use. A century old building that had brewed beer on an industrial scale for nearly 100 years will soon find a new life with the addition of a restaurant and microbrewery space in addition to 4 floors of office space. The architectural language of the new construction takes its cues from the historic buildings–emulating the red brick material palette, and rhythm and scale of massing.
Attention was given to the outdoor space, encouraging walkability throughout and sidewalk activation. Extra wide sidewalks are provided so restaurants can have outdoor seating and retail stores can display wares outside.
Over 500 parking stalls in an underground parking garage provide a convenient place to park in the winter months. Eight-foot ceilings along with a white colour palette ensure that the space feels big, safe, and easily navigable. As over half of the parking is supplied underground, the development at grade feels much more dense than a typical retail centre.
The masterplan incorporates the future transit station and allows for future transit oriented development. The City of Edmonton is building a new LRT line along the south edge of the site, with a new LRT station planned directly in front of the Edmonton Brewery District.
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