Architecture and design can reinforce culture. As a reflection of our story in Nova Scotia, the architecture at Queen’s Marque is contextual and progressive – a modern interpretation of our past.
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.
Queen’s Marque is designed as a district. A place to work, to live, to stay, and to play. Although each component is meant to act independently, the overall concept effortlessly tells the same story. The North and South wharf buildings are emblematic of ships docking on the Waterfront. The buildings are adorned in copper and glass and protrude into the Lower Water Street façade, where they support a sandstone bar, as if carrying the cargo of Nova Scotia high above the ground. The floating stone bar, clad in local sandstone, is articulated with a series of projecting and angled ‘chocks’ on either side, providing support and a sense of anchoring.
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.