How ar­chi­tec­ture firm KPMB’S glass-and-steel de­sign takes cues from its set­ting

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The hori­zon line holds ex­is­ten­tial im­por­tance in a flat land­scape. In ac­knowl­edge­ment of this, the four-storey Re­mai’s stacked boxes skew long and rec­tan­gu­lar. Por­tions of the third and fourth floors project out­wards to cre­ate view­ing plat­forms that reach to­wards the South Saskatchewan River be­low and to the city be­yond. Metal screens per­fo­rated with eye­lid-shaped open­ings shield the glass fa­cade from the sun. Their bur­gundy colour nods to an­other lo­cal icon, the cop­per-roofed Bess­bor­ough Ho­tel.

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