List of tallest buildings in Yellowknife
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. The tallest building in the city, and possibly in the NWT, is the 17-storey, 60 m (200 ft) Centre Square - Northern Heights. 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. 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
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.
|1||Centre Square - Northern Heights map1
|60 m (197 ft)||17||1996|
|2||Polar Apartments map2
|50 m (164 ft)||15||2003|
|3||Northwest Tower map3
|50 m (164 ft)||12||1991|
|4||Scotia Centre map4
|45 m (148 ft)||11||1979|
|5||Coast Fraser Tower map5
|42 m (138 ft)||14||-|
|6||Precambrian Building map6
|41 m (135 ft)||11||1976|
|7||Anderson - Thomson Tower map7
|37 m (121 ft)||11||-|
|8||Bellanca Building map8
|36 m (118 ft)||10||1973|
|9||Northern United Place map9
|34 m (112 ft)||10||-|
|10||Explorer Hotel map10
|30 m (98 ft)||8||1976|
Other notable buildings
At 76 m (249 ft) the Robertson headframe located at Con Mine was the tallest building in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories. The headframe which was built in 1977, sat over a mine shaft 1,859 m (6,099 ft) deep. The headframe was demolished on 29 October 2016.
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.
The Greenstone Building on Franklin Avenue downtown houses offices of 16 different federal government agencies. Before its completion in 2005, on time and under budget, those offices had been scattered in different locations. In 2007 it was certified LEED Gold by the Canadian Green Building Council for its environmental sustainability; among other features it generates some of its own electricity through building-integrated photovoltaics. It was the first building in the Canadian North to receive LEED certification of any level.
Mackenzie Place, known locally as the High Rise, is a 17 storey building located in Hay River on the south side of Great Slave Lake. Although no accurate height is known it is sometimes called the tallest building in the NWT. An estimated height of 57.64 m (189.1 ft) is given for the building that was completed in 1975 and was until the building of Centre Square - Northern Heights in 1996 the tallest building for 40 years. Unlike Yellowknife there are no other buildings in Hay River of any height so it dominates the skyline and is visible from 75 km (47 mi) away.
Of the three northern territories, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, the NWT is the only one that has buildings over 8 storeys tall. The tallest building in Nunavut is the 8 storey Tukturjuk Tower in Iqaluit at 29 m (95 ft). The city of Whitehorse had, for many years, a by-law restricting the height of buildings to 20 m (66 ft). The by-law was changed in 2012 allowing for 8 storeys and a height of 25 m (82 ft). As of 2016 the tallest building in Whitehorse is the Mah's Point condos which is 20 m (66 ft) and 6 storeys.
Timeline of tallest buildings
|1973 - 1976||Bellanca Building map8||36 m (118 ft)||11||1973|
|1976 - 1979||Precambrian Building map6||41 m (135 ft)||11||1976|
|1979 - 1991||Scotia Centre map4||45 m (148 ft)||11||1979|
|1991 - 1996||Northwest Tower map3||50 m (164 ft)||12||1991|
|1996–Present||Centre Square - Northern Heights map1||60 m (197 ft)||17||1996|
- "Yellowknife Skyscraper map". Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- "Centre Square - Northern Heights". Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- "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).
- Land and freshwater area, by province and territory
- Polar Apartments
- Northwest Tower
- Scotia Centre
- Coast Fraser Tower
- Precambrian Building
- Anderson - Thomson Tower
- Bellanca Building
- Bellanca Developments Ltd.
- Northern United Place
- Explorer Hotel
- Con Mine's Robertson's Shaft towers over the Yellowknife skyline like a fortress.
- "So long, Robertson headframe: Yellowknife landmark comes down Saturday". CBC.ca. 29 October 2016.
- Image of the demolition
- Video of the demolition
- "Yellowknife's Greenstone Government of Canada building receives LEED Gold standard". Daily Commercial News. August 30, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- Life in Hay River’s High Rise
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