Royal Glenora Club
Revitalizing a historic Edmonton club
A highly collaborative and successful project
The revitalization of this historic Edmonton club provided new life for its users by consolidating multiple renovations over the years into one unified grand vision.
- Royal Glenora Club
- Edmonton, AB
- Est. Completion 2022
- Interior Design
Properly managing & surpassing stakeholder expectations.
The Arc Studio team worked with various stakeholder groups, including the City of Edmonton (the landowner), throughout all phases of this River Valley development to bring the project to its successful completion.
The renovation expanded on the original programme of the club and incorporated many new requested elements including a member restaurant and lounge, a new 4,000 square foot ballroom, a café, a spa, a childcare area, modernized locker rooms, a centralized kitchen, administration block, updated building entrances, and a streamlined exterior promenade along the front façade.
Additionally, by updating and modernizing the club’s social and interactive areas the club was brought up to current life safety standards with all new lighting, and HVAC systems.
Adding a new energy
The new design brought revitalized energy to the club, and through its design transformation sought to respect the architectural language of the original building, balancing the notions of tradition and tomorrow. To initiate this transformation the team needed to remove the many layers of renovations that have been applied to the building over the decades and restore the beautiful bones of the club.
Highlighting the original structure
This editing process aided to help inform the team’s design direction as they had a desire to better highlight the original wood structure while providing reformed, contemporary architectural elements to complement the aesthetic. A unified and warmer material palette was integrated throughout the club with contemporary finishes that held reverence to the building’s existing architecture and the nature that ringed the building.
Applying unique insights to produce an incredible outcome.
163,600 sq. ft
Adding an expressive design intervention
The most expressive design intervention is the large new ballroom that stretches to the river. This glazed box reinterpreted the sloped wood roofs and ceilings that are found throughout the existing building and complement their expression from inside a glass box.
The design intent of the sloped ceilings in the ballroom were meant to reinforce the sentiment of being a part of the river valley tree canopy with an unobstructed view of the river valley landscape. With a sense of the site in mind, this was one method the team utilized to bring more natural light into the club and maximize views.
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