City architect’s entrance design to welcome visitors

Ben Lemphers/for metro edmonton


Ossama Elegalali, right, an urban designer with the City of Edmonton and Walter Jule, former professor of Art and Design at the University of Alberta and a juror in the finals competition, look at a model of Gene Dub’s winning entrance design at the city’s Planning and Development offices yesterday.

Edmonton Architect Gene Dub’s design of a leaning crystal tower has been chosen by an expert panel to be used for entrance markers along the city’s outskirts.

His design of a giant glass-and-steel pyramid that stretches on an angle across the freeway won the competition because of its "edgy, startling, crystal vision," says juror Walter Jule.

Former art and design professor Jule says it also was chosen over Montreal architect Sylvie Perrault’s ocean-like ribbon design because it better fits with the landscape and gives the feeling of a northern capital city.

The 21-metre tall tower will light up at night and stretch across Yellowhead Trail. Another location is proposed along Stony Plain Road.

But city planner Ossama Elgalali says the design will enhance the identity of the city as a progressive cultural capital and he hopes construction can begin this year.

City council will have to approve the $1.2-million budget for the design, which exceeds the original $900,000 already earmarked for the entranceways.


  • The project generated controversy with some residents when the designs were unveiled last year — mostly over their lavish budgets.

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