Skip to main content
Start of main content

Poppy Plaza

Combining a striking memorial to Canada’s military history with community space

  • 86K

    SF Plaza

  • Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, Alberta

A striking memorial to Canada’s military heritage and much needed community space on Calgary's doorstep

Poppy Plaza, on the bank of the Bow River, is the first of several planned sites along Memorial Drive’s Landscape of Memory. The space, commemorating Canada’s war-time efforts, combines an inviting wood surface with striking weathered steel façades to create a 24-hour, year-round public space on the doorstep from downtown Calgary to the trendy Kensington District. The design draws attention through both the dramatic weathering steel structures, and the creative use of light that illuminates both quotes honouring Canada’s military past, and the trees that pay tribute to Calgary’s lost soldiers.

Our landscape architectural group led a multidisciplinary team of Stantec engineers, lighting experts, and geotechnical services, and coordinated the architectural design. We overcame the significant challenges of highly complex construction and fabrications, jurisdictional approvals, and programming requirements to create a unique and engaging memorial.

The plaza offers space for Remembrance Day ceremonies and public events or private reflection amid the narratives water jet cut into the steel, back-lit structures. Steps to the river’s edge offer a chance for visitors to connect with the newly restored river’s edge. The park signifies the transformation of a marginal green space to a signature contribution to the city’s downtown and a striking memorial to Canada’s military heritage.  

At a Glance

Offices
Award
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards, 2014 Awards of Excellence - National Honour, Design
Award
Prairie Design Awards, Award of Excellence 2014
Meet Our Team

Dave Spencer, Principal

With increasing urbanization, our challenge is to create landscapes that foster social interaction and contribute to health and well-being.
  • Dave Spencer

    Principal

We're better together

  • Become a client

    Partner with us today to change how tomorrow looks. You’re exactly what’s needed to help us make it happen in your community.

    Contact Us
  • Design your career

    Work with passionate people who are experts in their field. Our teams love what they do and are driven by how their work makes an impact on the communities they serve.

    Join the Team
End of main content To top