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Everybody Loves Raymond

A new mixed-use building to brighten up a decades-old empty corner in the heart of Edmonton’s vibrant Whyte Avenue.

Edmonton, AB

Fitting In

Raymond Block is designed to fit in with its surroundings, and complements the character and history of Old Strathcona. A variety of facades keep the funky character of the street. Heritage isn't sacrificed for modern-day style. A concern for local residents and passersby was that the building would block the sun on Whyte Ave’s busy sidewalks, and be otherwise too tall and bulky for the aesthetics of the area. But a sleek design with the residential floors set back from the street minimizes shading, creating privacy for residents and maximizing daylight on the avenue.

Ray's Retail

Raymond Block not only features 95 residential suites, adding rare living space directly on Whyte Avenue, but also ample retail which further enriches the lively avenue. The building boasts 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space with nineteen feet high ceilings, which was quickly snapped up by cafes and restaurants. Above, 20,000 square feet of office space on the second floor draws new business to the area.

A (re)Building Block

The six-storey multi-use building occupies an empty lot that long-term residents will remember as the home of an Esso station rendered defunct in 1998. A vacuum on an otherwise bustling, dynamic thoroughfare, the space was dedicated to soil remediation until 2012. The property was finally purchased in 2014, exciting frequenters of the area. Raymond Block pays homage to the past and is named for the Raymond Hotel that lived on the same site in the 1900s. Raymond Block ushers in a new era of a bright, busy, and more fulfilled Whyte Avenue.

Project facts

Services: Architecture, Structural Engineering
Size: 2824 sq m
Builder: Clark Builders
Collaborators: Stantec
Client: Wexford Developments
LEED®: Certified LEED® Platinum