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Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple design Halifax’s landmark ‘Queen’s Marque’

June 28, 2018
by Canadian Architect

Developed by the Armour Group, a $200-million new mixed-use complex is under construction at the heart of Halifax’s downtown waterfront. Dubbed ‘Queen’s Marque’, the landmark project  features a design by two Nova Scotia firms, with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects working in collaboration with FBM Architecture.Queen's Marque, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple

The program of Queen’s Maquee calls for a C-shaped structure of three inter-connected buildings. Featuring extensive residential and office uses, the 450,000 square foot complex will have 135 residential units alongside 120,000 square feet of office space, and significant retail space.Queen's Marque, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple

According to the project website, “the design of Queen’s Marque started with marine forms, the grand sweep of a vessel, the graceful bend of a bow, and elevated something utilitarian into something beautiful. An evolution seen in our past and starting to take hold again in our City; the shapes speak to our shipbuilding past, present, and future.”

The project website also provides a more in-depth breakdown of the design components and their rationale:

The rising pier building, “Rise Again”, breaches the Halifax Harbour, extending from below the surface, up out of the ocean. At its apex is the yet to be named and designed “harbour light” art installation – a proud and emblematic piece in which people can enter, climb and interact as part of the glowing installation. The interplay between Rise Again and the reimagined Queen’s Landing – the original slipway descending into the Harbour – pays homage to Nova Scotia’s enduring nautical legacy. Locally sourced or inspired materials, are organized in a way to provide rhythm and story, while also creating a human scale as they define the building’s base, middle and top. At the terminus of George and Prince Streets, building entrances are emphasized with backlit granite glass and art installations within columns, which provide additional support for the floating and cantilevered stone bar overhead.


Renderings via Armour Group.

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2 Comments » for Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple design Halifax’s landmark ‘Queen’s Marque’
  1. Russell Farrell says:

    This is a ridiculous addition to Halifax, It’s right up there with the Nova Center thing.

    That such a large portion of water front it taken away from so many for so few appalls me. I know that the public will be able to pass around the waterside as well as under the structure so that the flow along the waterfront is maintained. But will the people that live in the condos be ok with people gathering outside their windows and the noise that comes from people celebrating the Halifax night life? How can this place be described as a cultural hub? That label is just BS to make to make people think they are getting something they are not.

    • Jamie says:

      This is very similar to Bishop’s Landing but with more hype. I supposed if the residential portion is more temporary leasing then it would be more acceptable if people are gathering outside of the units. Some kind of developments are better just empty parking lots by the waterfront I guess.

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