The Edmonton Funicular Connects Pedestrians to Nature - architecture and design

The Edmonton Funicular Connects Pedestrians to Nature



The City of Edmonton has long sought to better connect the public between downtown and the steep slope of its birthplace, the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
The large elevation difference of the river valley?s alluring elements, as well as a network of roadways, have taken part in impeding access for users with mobility challenges.
Photo Courtesy of DIALOG
Photo Courtesy of DIALOG
At the mercy of the steep slope and infrastructure, DIALOG created the 100 Street Funicular project which takes pedestrians on a safe, immersive journey along the river bank with opportunities to take in the views.
Photo Courtesy of DIALOG
At the top of the bank, a promontory connecting to downtown, the funicular, and the urban staircase acts as an extension of 100 Street while providing panoramic views of the valley. This urban plaza integrates passive and active zones for those waiting for the funicular. Generous steps also connect visitors to the edge of the overlook with space for programming special events, or stretching after running stairs.
The funicular?s inclined elevator runs from the promontory to a promenade mid-way along the valley slope. This allows people of all abilities, cyclists, and parents with strollers to traverse the steep slope easily at no cost.
Photo Courtesy of DIALOG
Photo Courtesy of DIALOG
Parallel to the funicular is a broad urban staircase where downtown office workers can enjoy lunch in the summer, and parents and children can engage in active play.
The wooden st...
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