Urban Fragments-Award of Merit
Architect: Chris Idenouye, AAA, MRAIC
Project owner: Myhre’s Music
Project location: 8735 – 118 Avenue
Myhre’s Music is a family-owned business that has been selling musical instruments since 1967.
The owners wanted a façade that was more current and one that represented their business of selling musical instruments.
This project was initiated with funding from the City of Edmonton Facade Improvement program.
The old painted wood cladding was replaced with an acrylic stucco, changing the texture and colour of the façade. The front canopy shape was based on the imagery of a violin with the support rods evoking an image of strings. The long sign band was based on the imagery of the long neck of an instrument.
The steel eyebrows were made of lightweight steel supported with rods. The rods were like pegs on instruments and the eyebrows like capos on guitars. The owners were pleased with the subtle design interpretation for the façade rather than a literal translation of musical elements.
Lights were placed between the eyebrows for accent and to increase sidewalk lighting levels in an area of high vandalism.
The old steel security gate by the front door was replaced with a sidelight with multiple horizontal mullions to achieve the same security function without the use of the old steel grating.The old second floor windows were also replaced to change the appearance of the façade and improve thermal efficiency.
- It is a modest project with a potent design that uses simple materials to carry out the concept.
- The project showcases very sensitive design skills than the other projects in the urban fragments category. It is light, friendly and beautiful.
- Adds to the urbanism of the area through the beauty of its façade.
- The façade design effectively expresses the craftsmanship needed to design a musical instrument.