Esker Foundation

Cultural

LOCATION: Calgary, AB, Canada
COMPLETED: 2012
SIZE: 16,710 sq. ft.
OWNERS: Esker Foundation
ARCHITECT: Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
AWARDS: 2013 IES Illumination Award of Merit
  2013 IES Illumination Section Award
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.

DESIGN TEAM:Paul Zaferiou
 Matt Latchford

Designed as a premier destination in Calgary’s East End, this gallery space is itself a work of art. Perched on the top floor of a 4-story building below an undulating roof, this space provides a forum for the city’s vibrant emerging artistic community. The large open area is subdivided into smaller galleries and working spaces to suit installations of varied size and scope, and is shaped by a reading room, a unique “nest” conference room, and a black-box gallery space with LED track heads. The low-voltage dimmable halogen track system is overlaid with concealed fluorescent work lights, and the LED fixtures are tucked into the architecture allow the space to speak for itself. A central dimming system was incorporated to extend halogen lamp life, conserve energy, and allow the staff to easily adapt the lighting to suit a wide variety of show requirements – with the convenience of a custom iPad control surface.