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Well Watered

An intelligent landscape installation surrounds the City of Calgary’s home for water resources.

Calgary, Alberta

Earth and Water

The Water Centre offers a balance of function and beauty, celebrating the reciprocal relation of land and water through the seasons and days.


Dramatic sweeps of drought-tolerant native prairie grasses flank runnels moving water from the roof to the wetlands. Masses of Saskatoons, Poplars and other woody plants depict wind breaks.

Green Roof

The Centre’s maintenance facility roof is a landscape of native flowers and grasses. The roof plantings contribute to insulating this part of the building. In the winter the roof assembly insulates the soil and roots from building heat.

Project facts

Collaborators: Thomas Sayre, Sturgess Architecture, Manasc Isaac Architects
Completed: 2007
Cost: $41 Million
Size: 16,000 sq. m.
Builder: Stuart Olson Dominion
Client: City of Calgary

Achievements & Awards

Green Good Design Award Chicago Antheum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

Emerald Award Recipient Alberta Emerald Foundation Government Institution