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MAXWELL BATES BLOCK | architecture

McKinley Burkart Architect's building Maxwell Bates Block, focusing on community-driven contextual architectural design. 




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In 2008 we were approached to design a mixed-use building for the corner of 22nd Avenue and 4th Street SW in Calgary. We produced a number of designs – some more modern that others – and a very urban brick and limestone building was ultimately selected by our clients. The contextual design features historical cues such as red brick and steel framed glass that borrow from the surrounding neighbourhood, while incorporating modern elements like a two-storey wood and frameless glass main entry and a glass penthouse floor with parasol roof. The main floor retail offers an immediacy of experience at the pedestrian realm while the top floor steps back to reduce the mass of the building.

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We designed a building appropriate for its time and place, and as a result it was embraced by its community.
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A great city always has an exciting tension between streetscape, buildings, programs, and typologies. Maxwell Bates Block was designed to be different, to enhance the fabric of the street in an already thriving and vibrant inner-city community.

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We connect landlords with the best tenants.

Our extensive portfolio spans retail, beauty, and food+beverage and commercial office design.  The diversity of our clientele contributes to our deep expertise in interior design, allowing us to explore the function and design of a multitude of types of spaces.  This also means that our professional connections are vast.  Over the last two years, we have worked on 20 restaurant projects – three of them with Top Chef contestants.  We are currently working with one of the largest department stores in the country.  We are partnered with Earls and Hudsons to revamp each of their brands. When a client is looking for new space, we are often the first to know.  Our market presence means that we can facilitate vital connections between landlord and tenant, helping our clients get the right tenants.  

Phil & Sebastian Mission

Phil & Sebastian Mission

Bocce Pizzeria

Bocce Pizzeria