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Lloyd Hall Renovation, Banff Centre for Art and Cr

Lloyd Hall Renovation, Banff Centre for Art and Cr

KPMB Architects
Banff, AB, Canada | View Map
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Lloyd Hall Renovation, Banff Centre for Art and Creativity

KPMB Architects as Architects

Renovation of an existing 1970s building by Rule Wynn and Rule Architects.

The original building was built in three phases from 1965 to 1970. The architectural use of exposed natural timber and dark colour visually unifies the original elements with the new additions, and reinvigorates a building that sits at the centre of campus.

The renovation consists of a performance upgrade to the exterior windows and walls, a new exterior vertical wood fin cladding treatment, and an entry pavilion from the drop-off area.

The design approach respects the original International Style, buts uses colour and materiality to let the building recede visually in to its National Park setting. The existing Lloyd Hall sits above the tree line when seen from a distance; the “bark coloured” wood fins add a natural element to the façade, helping to blend the building into the trees.

The new Entry Pavilion continues the modernist tradition of the original design. Exposed timber structure, and stone walls create a warmth and sense of alpine craftsmanship. The new architecture utilizes the same wood fins and colour to unify the addition with the timber fin re-cladding of the existing building.

The fully renovated guest rooms act as a place for art archives of past residents. Window height was increased to take advantage of the spectacular mountain views which are the centre art piece of each room.


Entro as Consultants

The Banff Centre is a renowned source of inspiration and creativity to artists across disciplines. It’s a place where creators immerse themselves in the magical combination of educational programming, expressive performance and the breathtaking wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.

Entro had the privilege of contributing to the Banff Centre experience while working with KPMB Architects on the recent Lloyd Hall hotel renovation. Rejuvenating the modernist style of original 1970s architecture, KPMB added a beautiful vertical wood treatment to the exterior, which, along with a new entry pavilion of timber and glass, have the effect of blending the Hall into the surrounding trees and slopes.

We collaborated closely with KPMB to design experiential graphics in keeping with the clean, modernist architecture and organic feel evoked by the use of natural materials.

We felt a minimalist approach was best with design that emphasizes materiality. Large but simple floor numbers orient visitors instantly – while the cut-out design reflects the lines and shape of the interior wood panelling.

We wanted the design to strike the unique balance between warmth, simplicity and modern sophistication that is achieved by Lloyd Hall in its sublime environment.

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