YW Hub Facility

Submitted by Entro

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Client: YWCA Calgary

Location: Calgary, AB, Canada

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

Design Director

Chris Herringer, Entro

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Alaynee Goodwill-Littlechild

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Sharon Johnston

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Sharon Rose Kootenay

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Diane Krys

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Rachelle LeBlanc

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Linda McBain Cuyler

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Liv Pedersen

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Jillian Roulet

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Caitlin Thompson

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Allison Tunis

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – FIBRE, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY, RUG HOOKING AND INDIGENOUS BEADING

Diana Un-Jin Cho

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – PAINTING, WATERCOLOUR AND WOODCUT

Neepin Auger

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – PAINTING, WATERCOLOUR AND WOODCUT

Lisa Brawn

COMMISSIONS - ROOM IDENTIFICATION ART COMMISSIONS – PAINTING, WATERCOLOUR AND WOODCUT

Elaine Funnell

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Joane Cardinal-Schubert RCA

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

David Garneau

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Hazel Litzgus

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Jeff Nachtigall

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Katie Ohe RCA

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Liv Pedersen

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Alayne Spafford

ART LOANS - COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS – FIBRE, PAINTING, DRAWING, PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

Jennifer Wanner

ART LOANS - THE CITY OF CALGARY CIVIC ART COLLECTION – FIBRE

Murray Gibson

DONATIONS - THE COLLECTORS’ GALLERY OF ART – PAINTING

John Snow RCA, ASA, CSG

DONATIONS - WATERCOLOUR

Elaine Funnell

Sign fabrication and installation

WSI

Art framing

Jarvis Hall Gallery

Art installations

Kyle Beal Art Services

Printing

Grafitti Imaging

Printing

Resolve Photo

Printing

Emerson Group

Printing

ABL Imaging

Art Curation

Mary-Beth Laviolette

Overview

Designed to be ‘a cohesive, supportive environment for women and their families’, the vision for the new 127,000-square-foot YWCA Calgary is to provide a safe, healthy and caring environment where women in crisis may heal, recover and grow. Together with independent curator, Mary-Beth Laviolette, we fashioned a unique program that blends art and design with social need and service – to create a home-like environment that is welcoming and inviting. We developed a master plan to determine how works of art could integrate with wayfinding – be used as landmarks, room identification beacons, or as the backdrop to activity spaces and for donor recognition.

Goals

Along with the principles of trauma-informed design and community engagement, this vision resulted in six design drivers that were applied to every facet of the project: well-being, connected, inclusive, beacon, comfortable and safe. Invited by the YW to design the wayfinding system for their new Hub facility, our team wanted to echo this intent for the facility while providing innovative opportunities for storytelling and human connection. It was clear to us that art, and its power to celebrate culture, diversity and community, could be a key piece in realizing many of these drivers.

Process

In collaboration with Project Director, Lori Van Rooijen, we set a thematic approach for the commissioned works that would primarily celebrate local women artists. Fibre, textiles and Indigenous beadwork were chosen for the majority of the program because they have long been traditional art forms made by women. This was later broadened to include painted and mixed media works.Altogether, the YW commissioned nineteen Alberta-based artists for sixty room identification pieces and seven larger works. An additional selection of twenty-three long term loans was curated and made available through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The City of Calgary Civic Art Collection and the Collectors’ Gallery of Art. Donor recognition in the main welcoming space features a series of portraits by Janice Tanton, which represent various ages and ethnicities of women who use or work at YWCA. All of the donor names are projected across the portrait banners in a randomized order and scale that avoids a traditional donor hierarchy.

Additional Information

The inclusion of original art serves to create an environment which is less institutional and more sympathetic to the individual. This unification of art and design supports YW’s desire to create a homelike, inclusive setting for the women they support. Van Rooijen hopes that other socially-focused organizations see this program as a model for their own facilities: “Art is for all – it is something everyone should have access to and it creates sense of welcome. The number one comment we get is that the building is amazing and the art adds to the warmth and overall wellness of the spaces.”