When I visited Edmonton back in April, I was stunned by the architecture of the University of Alberta. A lot of buildings on the campus have a gorgeous modern architecture, that I am not used to, coming from France. Universities in France tend to have really cheap tuition, and I guess it shows in the architecture. Sometimes, they have older historical buildings, but the one I went to had these buildings from the 1960s and the 1970s that are not aging well.
One of the most visible examples is the Physical Activity and Wellness Centre at the Van Vliet Complex. Designed by Group2 Architecture Interior Design, the building opened earlier this year. The centre includes student lounges, a two-storey climbing facility and a fitness centre on two floors.
The yellow building in the background is the Universiade Pavilion, known as the Butterdome in Edmonton. It was built for 1983 World University Games that were hosted by the University of Alberta.
The second building I wanted to feature is the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. Designed by HOK and Stantec Architecture, the building gathers 12 health science departments and schools from six faculties into a single new environment at the University of Alberta, for researching, teaching and delivering healthcare.
I particularly love the colored east facade, but the rest of the building is equally beautiful. Here are a few images I shot during my trip: