List of tallest buildings in Yellowknife

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Downtown Yellowknife
Centre Square Mall-Northern Heights. At 60 m (197 ft) it is Yellowknife's tallest building
Downtown Yellowknife during the winter months

This list of tallest buildings in Yellowknife ranks skyscrapers over 30 m (98 ft) tall in the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Yellowknife is the capital and largest city in the Northwest Territories and the second largest in Northern Canada. As of 2011, the city contains 3 skyscrapers 50 m (164 ft) and over, with a further 7 high-rise buildings that exceed 30 m (98 ft) in height.[1] The tallest building in the city is the 17-storey, 60 m (200 ft) Centre Square - Northern Heights.[2] This building was constructed in a postmodernist architectural style, representing the city's efforts to add visual interest into the skyline. The second-tallest building in the city is the Polar Apartments, standing at 50 m (164 ft) tall with 15 storeys.

Having a population of approximately 19,000 people, Yellowknife has a skyline that could match a city of 250,000 or more. This is due to Yellowknife's position in a vast, resource-rich area called Northern Canada, a region larger than India.[3][4] More specifically it is the capital of the Northwest Territories which comprise a large part of Northern Canada. Yellowknife is the largest city in the Northwest Territories, and, as such, many companies are headquartered or have bases in the city such as diamond mining and iron mining consortiums. The city acts as a distribution point for many of these resources. Yellowknife is connected to the southern Canadian city of Edmonton via the Yellowknife and Mackenzie Highways.

List of tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Yellowknife high-rises that stand at least 30 m (98 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.

Buildings completed as of May 2011
Rank Name Height Floors Completed Photo
1 Centre Square - Northern Heights[2] map1
(Mixed use)
60 m (197 ft) 17 1996 01 - Centre Square Mall.jpg
2 Polar Apartments[5] map2
(Residential)
50 m (164 ft) 15 2003 02 - Polar Apartments.jpg
3 Northwest Tower[6] map3
(Office)
50 m (164 ft) 12 1991 03 - Northwest Tower.jpg
4 Scotia Centre[7] map4
(Office)
45 m (148 ft) 11 1979 04 - Scotia Centre.jpg
5 Coast Fraser Tower[8] map5
(Hotel)
42 m (138 ft) 14 - 05 - Coast Fraser Tower.jpg
6 Precambrian Building[9] map6
(Office)
41 m (135 ft) 11 1976 06 - Precambrian Building.jpg
7 Anderson - Thomson Tower[10] map7
(Residential)
37 m (121 ft) 11 - 07 - Anderson-Thomson Tower.jpg
8 Bellanca Building[11] map8
(Office)
36 m (118 ft) 11 1973 08 - Bellanca Building.jpg
9 Northern United Place[12] map9
(Residential)
34 m (112 ft) 10 - 09 - Northern United Place.jpg
10 Explorer Hotel[13] map10
(Hotel)
30 m (98 ft) 8 1976 10 - Explorer Hotel.jpg

Other notable buildings[edit]

Con Mine[edit]

Looking at the Robertson Headframe from Dettah

At 76 m (249 ft) the Robertson Headframe located at Con Mine is the tallest building in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories. The headframe which was built in 1977, sits over a mine shaft that is 1,859 m (6,099 ft) deep.[14]

Northwest Territories Legislative Building[edit]

Northwest Territories Legislative Building

The Northwest Territories Legislative Building is the home of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The most recent building was built in 1993 and commenced usage in 1994. The Legislative Assembly has used many permanent and temporary facilities throughout its history.

The current building is two stories tall with two round halls, the Great Hall and the Caucus Room. It is located in Yellowknife, and overlooks Frame Lake. It was designed by Ferguson Simek Clark/Pin Matthews (of Yellowknife) in association with Matsuzaki Wright Architects (of Vancouver), and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Buildings completed as of February 2011
Period Name Height Floors Completed
1973 - 1976 Bellanca Building[11] map8 36 m (118 ft) 11 1973
1976 - 1979 Precambrian Building[9] map6 41 m (135 ft) 11 1976
1979 - 1991 Scotia Centre[7] map4 45 m (148 ft) 11 1979
1991 - 1996 Northwest Tower[6] map3 50 m (164 ft) 12 1991
1996–Present Centre Square - Northern Heights[2] map1 60 m (197 ft) 17 1996

See also[edit]

Maps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yellowknife Skyscraper map". Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Centre Square - Northern Heights". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Total Area of India" (PDF). Country Studies, India. Library of Congress – Federal Research Division. December 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2011. "The country’s exact size is subject to debate because some borders are disputed. The Indian government lists the total area as 3,287,260 km2 (1,269,220 sq mi) and the total land area as 3,060,500 km2 (1,181,700 sq mi); the United Nations lists the total area as 3,287,263 km2 (1,269,219 sq mi) and total land area as 2,973,190 km2 (1,147,960 sq mi)." 
  4. ^ Land and freshwater area, by province and territory
  5. ^ Polar Apartments
  6. ^ a b Northwest Tower
  7. ^ a b Scotia Centre
  8. ^ Coast Fraser Tower
  9. ^ a b Precambrian Building
  10. ^ Anderson - Thomson Tower
  11. ^ a b Bellanca Building
  12. ^ Northern United Place
  13. ^ Explorer Hotel
  14. ^ Con Mine's Robertson's Shaft towers over the Yellowknife skyline like a fortress.