This award-winning reception centre serves as a symbolic and physical staging post for travelers along the Alaska Highway.

A distinctive landmark, the shape of the structure references both the simplicity of an overturned canoe and the organic nature of a fish’s skeleton.

Inside the building, visitors can tour through a variety of displays and a 200-seat audio-visual theatre.

The Yukon Visitor’s Reception Centre was designed in collaboration with Sturgess Architecture.

Scope: New Construction
Completion: 1992
Size (m2): 655
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Awards: Alberta Association of Architects – Merit Award (1995), Governor General’s Award – Medal of Excellence (1997), AIA Western International Design – Award of Merit (2000)

The spare, yet elegant configuration invokes the organic delicacy of a fish skeleton or the functional simplicity of a kayak frame, inspired by the north Canadian vernacular tradition of solving technical problems with the simplest and most basic of means. Now weary travelers can look forward to invigorating pit-stop on their journey through the Yukon in a building that responds to the pioneer esprit of the northern wilderness in a fresh, engaging idiom. — The Architectural Review

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