Modern gallery in Canada
The Esker Foundation in Calgary is a privately owned world-class gallery. The founders, Jim and Susan Hill, had the goal of creating a cultural platform for innovative art exhibitions and educational events.
Esker Foundation - Calgary, Canada
Architect: Kasian Architecture
Photos: ArtLine Photography
Thickness: 30 mm. Width: 300 mm. Length: 1.2-5 m
NB! The photos show the newly installed, newly finished floor. Deviations due to natural patina, wear or inadequate maintenance may occur.
The top section of the renowned Atlantic Avenue Art Block building in the historic Inglewood neighbourhood forms the setting for the Esker Foundation. The 1,300 m2 gallery is designed by Kasian Architects, who worked closely with the founders to achieve a unique expression.
From the reception, visitors are led directly into the large gallery, where movable exhibition walls and an adjustable “black box” for video installations provide a flexible exhibition venue. In all the exhibition rooms of the gallery, Kasian Architects have installed wide plank floors made of Dinesen Oak, which form a warm and down-to-earth contrast to the futurist expression.
Between the floor and ceiling floats a “nest” shaped of giant steel bands. The nest serves as a meeting room, its organic form offering a counter point to the clean lines in the gallery and the boxy glass and steel construction that holds the gallery offices. The large glass sections of the building offer magnificent views of Inglewood.