Address: Waterfront Place
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Date of Completion: TBD
Owner: Ketza Construction and Northern Vision Development
Architect: Northern Front Studio
Description: Professional Office Building with Penthouse Suites
Located along the Riverfront, just north of Shipyards Park, Waterfront Station will provide new commercial space to a developing area of Whitehorse This project is a co-venture between Ketza Group and Northern Vision Development featuring the architectural stylings of Northern Front Sutdio. This prime location, and unique site drove the form of the building, creating a long and narrow footprint. The length of the building will capture great views of the river, and connect the user to the natural environment. This new building provides approx 36,000 sq.ft. of commercial office and retail space, with exceptional views and an ideal location. The design is modern, simple and a regionally appropriate response to building in the Yukon.
The long shape of the building also directed the focus to the arched roof, which provides protection, directs snowfall, and opens the to the views on the second level. This gave us the opportunity to express the structure of the roof, exposing glulam beams and the warmth of wood to contrast the commercial glazing of the facades. The North wing is a three storey mass, with high-end residential suites on the 3rd level, each with individual roof decks. The circulation is also an important feature of the design, and the spine of the building is expressed with a colonnade along the south, to showcase the retail spaces. The two building characters are separated with an outdoor covered breezeway, which connects the river right through the building, and provides a space for public use. The long linear design also recalls the original buildings that were once along the Yukon river, servicing the steam ships.