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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.