Remai Modern

Connecting the City and the River

The form and massing respond to the low, flat topography of Saskatchewan’s prairie landscape and evoke regional agrarian traditions of low-rise, rectilinear sheds and barns. Four cantilevered horizontal volumes engage the River edge to the south and 2nd Avenue to the east. The south elevation spans the length of the site and the ground floor is fully glazed to provide continuous day-lit public spaces with access to the River. Entrances at each end integrate the gallery into the new pedestrian flows along the river bank.

Public spaces on every level are organized to maximize the connection to the river. A central atrium organizes the plan and offers a community gathering space. A generously-scaled connecting stair on the ground floor is located to initiate a continuous path through all levels.

The exterior is clad in a copper-coloured metal screen and was inspired by Saskatoon’s historic architectural landmark, the Bessborough Hotel (CNR, 1932).

The architecture of the Remai Modern simultaneously looks back and forward. It forges a strong relationship to the legacy of the Mendel and creates a platform to reinforce the role of art for the “advancement of Saskatoon as a creative city dedicated to lifelong learning.”


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


City of Saskatoon and the Remai Modern


KPMB Architects (Design Architect); Architecture49 (Prime Consultant)




126,000 ft² / 11,706 m²

project type

Culture, Interiors, Museum / Gallery

Full Project Credits
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A new iteration of Pae White’s neon installation, C?K¥?CH?RMS‡ (Lucky Charms), 2014 — one of Remai Modern’s recent key acquisitions — has been adapted for the museum’s interior stairwell. The neon installation, conceived of as a form of light therapy to offset Seasonal Affective Disorder, was designed for the museum.

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Atrium from third floor

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Riverview Balcony

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