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Edmonton City Hall
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City Hall's main pyramid and fountain. To the left is a cenotaph; in the background is the CN, and Epcor Towers.
General information
Type City hall
Architectural style Postmodern
Address 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 2R7
Coordinates Coordinates: 53°32′44″N 113°29′24.5″W / 53.54556°N 113.490139°W / 53.54556; -113.490139
Construction started June 1990
Opened August 28, 1992
Cost CA$48.9 million
($75.9 million in 2017 dollars2017)
Owner City of Edmonton
Height 43 m (141 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Dub Architects
Main contractor Stuart Olson Dominion
Awards and prizes American Concrete Institute - 1993 Award for Excellence for Design and Construction

The Edmonton City Hall is the home of the municipal government of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Designed by Dub Architects, the building was completed in 1992. It was built to replace the former city hall after it had become outdated and expensive to operate.

Design

The building features two steel and glass pyramids, one 43 metres (141 ft) (ground to peak), on top of a three-storey concrete structure. One pyramid provides natural light for the main atrium, the other for the council chambers. The building also features a 60 metres (200 ft) clock Friendship Tower topped with a set of 23-carillon bells. Located on the eastern edge of the financial district in Edmonton's downtown, the building is the main feature on Sir Winston Churchill Square. In the winter, the fountain is converted to a skating rink.

The design for the city hall met with some controversy when it was first announced. The original design called for the building to be topped with four cones. The cones were meant to pay tribute to the tipis that the First Nations once lived in on the site. The design met with negative feedback from the public as they felt it looked like dunce caps and nuclear reactors. Dub Architects then revised their design to replace the cones with the pyramids, with the pyramids designed to be evocative of the Rocky Mountains and the Muttart Conservatory.

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