NORTH DESIGN OFFICE / BLACKWELL / MULVI&BANANI
Toronto, ON

 

DESIGN INTENT

The Cup

The monument to represent Lord Stanley’s Gift is comprised of nine visible bands of durably thick rolled and polished stainless steel of varying sizes, in reference to the Stanley Cup’s growth with the successive crowning of champions, and its current nine part configuration of engraved segments (five bands on the barrel, three bands/base rings below the bowl, and the bowl itself). The nine bands also represent the nine different teams that held the original challenge cup. The bands reach an impressive height of 6.1 metres to take command of the Sparks Street Mall axis, while also representing a scaled relationship with the length of a hockey rink. The height is also set to be highly respectful of adjacent and important Canadian monuments.

The polished precision and craftsmanship of the monument will relay the pursuit of excellence, contributing to the public realm of Canada’s capital. The three widest bands will have a mirror polished finish, enticing visitors to approach the monument and see themselves as part of The Cup—the most globally renowned sports trophy—an incredible Canadian legacy to hockey. The remaining six narrower bands will be brushed stainless steel to provide dimension, beauty, strength, and longevity to the monument as a public landmark.

SUMMARY OF DESIGN INTENT

The Cup

The monument to represent Lord Stanley’s Gift is comprised of nine visible bands of durably thick rolled and polished stainless steel of varying sizes, in reference to the Stanley Cup’s growth with the successive crowning of champions, and its current nine part configuration of engraved segments (five bands on the barrel, three bands/base rings below the bowl, and the bowl itself). The nine bands also represent the nine different teams that held the original challenge cup. The bands reach an impressive height of 6.1 metres to take command of the Sparks Street Mall axis, while also representing a scaled relationship with the length of a hockey rink. The height is also set to be highly respectful of adjacent and important Canadian monuments.

The polished precision and craftsmanship of the monument will relay the pursuit of excellence, contributing to the public realm of Canada’s capital. The three widest bands will have a mirror polished finish, enticing visitors to approach the monument and see themselves as part of The Cup—the most globally renowned sports trophy—an incredible Canadian legacy to hockey. The remaining six narrower bands will be brushed stainless steel to provide dimension, beauty, strength, and longevity to the monument as a public landmark.

The monument is illuminated from within, producing a glow that celebrates the incredible history and impact of Lord Stanley’s Gift to the sport of hockey. The illumination will typically be a light white glow, but the colour can be adjusted to reflect important occurring events (wins!) and historic moments in Canadian hockey culture.

A four metre diameter circle emitting blue LED light that is 2” wide, the same width as the centre ice face-off circle, will be inset into the pavement of the Sparks Street Mall enveloping the vertical monument element, which will reveal a new layer of narrative, attracting visitors right to the foot of the monument.

The pedestrian scaled lighting of the upright portion of the monument along with the blue ring follow the guidelines of Capital Illumination Plan, and demonstrate careful lighting design to reduce light pollution, provide sustainable lighting through the use of LEDs, and are intended to encourage social activity, particularly throughout all of our Canadian seasons.

Visitors will pose in face-off position, with their photos capturing The Cup behind, and the National War Memorial beyond. As a multi-directional experience, children will run loops around the monument’s base tracing the blue circle, while teenagers will take selfies in the mirror polished band located perfectly at standing height with the length of Sparks Street Mall in the background.

As a final feature, revealed only once beside the monument, is an engraved inscription. It could simply be “Lord Stanley’s Gift” as a form of a plaque, or a longer appropriate quote. The team wishes to obtain input regarding this feature from LSMMI.

The paving surrounding the monument will be durable granite blocks, sized at the same scale of the square blocks currently in existence, and paved as a smooth surface across the entire east entry to Sparks Street Mall. The consistent granite is intended to clean up the current mix of various broken pavings that give a very disorganized and uninviting sense of entry to the mall. Updating the paving at this entry point of Sparks Street will be an additional gift to the City of Ottawa. The new granite blocks will form continuous paving around the monument, representing a ‘sheet of ice’, further referencing hockey through this visual cue of the sport’s surface of play. The paving will provide a suitably consistent, safe, and welcoming entrance to the mall, setting the new monument in a grand open surface. The scale of the paving unit, along with its durability, will also ensure that the surface will remain smooth, despite any future construction needs in this area, as the granite pavers can be easily reset.

The monument’s materials will be obtained locally, as further representative of the richness of Canadian culture. The number of bands, the monument’s dimensions, colours, and engagement of visitors will all contribute to the sense of significance of Lord Stanley’s Gift, educating through layered hockey references and appropriately relaying the history of The Cup.

The monument is intended to evoke the Stanley Cup in an inspiring and subtly legible manner that invites all Canadians and Ottawa’s visitors to celebrate not only the gift of the Stanley Cup by Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s sixth governor general, but also to celebrate the spirit and excitement of the game of hockey. The quality and character of the monument will ensure that Lord Stanley’s Gift will endure for generations. Adult or kid, girl, boy, woman, or man, family or friends, this monument—The Cup—will bring Canadians together to represent our most important national identity—hockey!

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ABOUT

North Design Office Inc. is an internationally award winning landscape architecture office, with design work ranging in scale from site specific installations, residences and urban public spaces, to parks and master plans. Located and established in Toronto in 2005, we bring analytical insight to each project, grounding the design in its context. Our projects are designed with a modern aesthetic and are executed with attention to lasting detail. North Design Office is committed to creating thoughtfully designed spaces to generate vibrant and resilient communities and environments.
www.northdesignoffice.ca

Blackwell has been providing award winning structural engineering services for 29 years. The firm excels at solving tough problems, achieving design vision, and producing efficient structures.
www.blackwell.ca

Mulvi & Banani Intenational Inc. has been providing comprehensive lighting services for 35 years. The company has produced award winning lighting and electrical solutions to projects throughout Canada and internationally.
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