The Edmonton funicular has won a national award for its ability to connect the downtown core to the city’s river valley.
Edmonton’s Mechanized River Valley Access, also known as the 100 Street funicular, was recently awarded a National Urban Design Award of Excellence in civic design.
The inclined elevator takes visitors from 100 Street by the Hotel Macdonald to the area around the Low Level Bridge. A staircase runs alongside the funicular, which leads to a promenade before opening out to a pedestrian bridge over Grierson Hill with a lookout over the North Saskatchewan River.
The biannual awards are handed out by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Edmonton’s funicular was one of 12 projects honoured this time around, and one of six that received awards of excellence.
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