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Top of the World

With six stunning mountain ranges and the sweep of the Bow Valley laid out before you, views from the Banff Gondola Upper Terminal are nothing short of breathtaking.

Banff, AB

Vertical Expansion

Originally built in 1980, the existing upper terminal was designed as a circular concrete structure allowing visitors to have a panoramic mountain views. For the redevelopment, DIALOG maintained the circular structure and chose exterior materiality based on an alpine modern design. The idea is not to compete with nature or mimic it as it relates to the timber frame construction, but to allow the robustness, colour and texture of the material to reflect the mountain environment.

360-degree views

Visitor experience at the Banff Gondola is paramount. Designed to facilitate an interactive and immersive experience from the second a visitor disembarks, the interpretive level on the second floor houses unique attractions and learning experiences amidst a backdrop of the Bow Valley.

Nurturing Nature

Sustainability was top of mind, including features like a high-quality envelope, stormwater retention, low-flow fixtures and solar panels on the roof.

Project facts

Client: Pursuit Transportation & Tours
Services: Architecture, Mechanical Engineering
Cost: $26 M
Completion: 2016
Size: 3,131 sqm