MARKIN MACPHAIL ARENA
SUSTAINABILITY AND SPORT, IN THE HEART OF ALBERTA | CALGARY, CANADA
Designed while at GEC, Construction completed in 2009
The Markin Macphail Center is one of the Arena buildings at Winsport, in Calgary, Canada. Located next to the Rocky Mountains, its sustainable use of materials in structure reflects a harmony with the nature in which it presides. Long-span heavy timber structure give the arena its unique character and allow for expansive, column-free interiors.
The high-performance training section boasts an extensive fitness area, a modern running track, advanced sports medicine clinics, and state-of-the-art testing laboratories. It also houses offices for coaches, physicians, physiotherapists, sport psychologists, and other support services. This adaptable training space incorporates enclosed sprint tracks, cutting-edge strength training equipment, and specialized areas tailored to meet the unique requirements of different sports.
The Athletic & Ice Complex contains:
The national high-performance sports training centre
A public sport development centre
A multi-purpose public plaza
A 2,500 seat international ice arena (the WinSport Event Centre)
Three NHL ice surfaces
The organic warmth of heavy timber provides an inviting atmosphere, creating a unique ambiance for each function. The structural adaptability of the arena allows it to evolve with changing needs, offering an eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing space. This flexible architectural space becomes a dynamic canvas for an array of activities, fostering community engagement.
Photos Courtesy of GEC Architecture