Over the past year, Brook McIlory’s Prince Arthur’s Landing scheme at Thunder Bay, Ontario has claimed ten design awards from the likes of the Canadian Urban Institute and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The far-ranging project completed in December 2011, funded with $22m from the City of Thunder Bay, $55m in public sector funding and $65m of private sector investment.
Located on the picturesque shores of Lake Superior - one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world - the Prince Arthur’s Landing site is perfectly situated to reap the benefits of this beautiful natural region. The Brook McIlroy-led team was inspired by thousands of years of aboriginal settlement and the waterfront setting.
There are many sections of the Prince Arthur’s Landing project which work together to make this such a successful and sustainable development. The publicly-funded elements include: a waterfront park network with $760,000 in public art; a water garden pavilion for public events and a winter skating rink; the renovation of a ‘Baggage Building’ from the 1900s into an educational arts centre; a market square and waterfront plaza; skateboard park; outdoor performance space; and 276-slip marina.
The private sector elements include: a renovated 3-storey heritage building used as a high-end restaurant; two condominium buildings with 99 units total; a 2-storey retail facility with office space. Brook McIlroy secured the contract for a Delta Hotel on the waterfront site in September with plans for 9,000 sq ft of conference and meeting spaces and a 5,300 sq ft ballroom due to complete in 2014.
Of their concept for the entire scheme, Brook McIlroy explains: “The project is based on a philosophy of urban design which embodies the spirit, materiality and culture of northern Ontario and this magnificent waterfront setting overlooking ‘Nanabijou’/ the Sleeping Giant - a landform on the horizon, which is one of Canada’s most powerful and iconic natural vistas.”