ROGERS PLACE | HOK
IIDA MID AMERICA DESIGN AWARDS | SPORTS AND RECREATION | SILVER / 2018
HOK | KANSAS CITY MISSOURI
ARCHITECTURE TKALCIC BENGERT
PLANNING + ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTANT
EDMONTON, ALBERTA CANADA
Rogers Place and the ICE District meld an iconic architectural design and new development with Edmonton’s well-established commercial and residential neighborhoods. The building’s unique covered extension – Ford Hall – creates an elevated interior space with subtle nods to the climate and NHL team that play within.
Rogers Place, while contemporary and cutting-edge, honors teams and individuals of the past with experiential graphics, subtle nods to the climate through materials and textures and a curvilinear white interior and dotted ceiling lights that reference snowdrifts and falling snow.
Rogers Place and the ICE District is one of the latest and most compelling examples of integrated sports-anchored mixed-use districts that do more for their communities.
The arena design creates a premium experience for every guest. Seating options include 3,100 club seats, 900 PCL Loge seats, 500 drink rail seats, 300 ozone club seats, 57 Scotiabank executive suites, 24 theater boxes, three clubs, two club lounges and Curve, a full-service restaurant.
Suitability of the design to the project challenges:
The ICE District spans 25 acres and is scheduled to be fully built out by 2019-2020. It will be Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district and includes a community rink, private development, office development, residential units and parking spaces, as well as a connection to an existing light-rail system, accessible through the arena.
One of the primary project challenges was connecting the arena to the ICE District and Edmonton’s established downtown. The design and planning team proposed extending the arena’s footprint over the main thoroughfare—104 Avenue—to connect the two parcels of land identified for development.
Ford Hall, this elevated, multipurpose entryway, is enhanced by street-level commercial development.
Successful collaboration of interior design with the architecture:
The curvilinear covered extension creates bold connectivity, a physical presence and a distinctive brand identity that reinforces the street grid, creates an opportunity for beautiful, expansive interior and ceiling details and activates Rogers Place and the ICE District year-round.
The design is sensitive to the planning needs and pedestrian scale while still creating an iconic architectural statement inside and out that is functional and accessible to the community 365 days a year, with a public transit stop, restaurant and event space located within. Spanning 25,000-sq.-ft., this naturally lit, grand atrium space serves as an entrance to Rogers Place and provides a distinct community gathering space.
It is enhanced by Tsa Tsa Ke K’e (Iron Foot Place), a 45-foot circular mosaic designed by world-renowned Canadian artist Alex Janvier.
Benefits to the client:
Since opening, the project has provided tangible momentum driving the revitalization of Edmonton’s downtown core and elevating the city’s offerings.
The project’s sweeping form provided a creative and aesthetically beautiful solution to a very real planning challenge – connecting two previously disparate parcels of land for the arena and adjacent development separated by one of the city’s busiest streets.