Edmonton City Hall
|Edmonton City Hall|
City Hall's main pyramid and fountain. To the left is a cenotaph; in the background is the CN Tower.
|Address||1 Sir Winston Churchill Square|
|Construction started||June 1990|
|Opening||August 28, 1992|
($74.1 million in 2015 dollars)
|Owner||City of Edmonton|
|Height||43 m (141 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Stuart Olson Dominion|
Edmonton's City Hall is the home of the municipal government of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Designed by Dub Architects, the building was completed in 1992. It was built to replace the former city hall after it had become outdated and expensive to operate.
The building features two steel and glass pyramids, one 43 metres high (ground to peak), on top of a three-storey concrete structure. One pyramid provides natural light for the main atrium, the other for the council chambers. The building also features a 200-foot clock Friendship Tower topped with a 23 carillon bells. Located on the eastern edge of the financial district in Edmonton's downtown, the building is the main feature on Sir Winston Churchill Square. In the winter, the fountain is converted to a skating rink.
The design for the city hall met with some controversy when it was first announced. The original design called for the building to be topped with four cones. The cones were meant to pay tribute to the tipis that the First Nations once lived in on the site. The design met with negative feedback from the public as they felt it looked like dunce caps and nuclear reactors. Dub Architects then revised their design to replace the cones with the pyramids, with the pyramids designed to be evocative of the Rocky Mountains. The design was received much more warmly by the public, and was dubbed "Pyramid Power" by the press.
A monument to the Ukrainian Famine in front of City Hall
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