New Edmonton commercial development generates architectural debate

A new retail development northwest of downtown is generating a lot of discussion, both good and bad.

“Some of the ideas, I have taken from Holland, taken from France, Italy and Britain,” said Anton Morgulis, the CEO of 76 Group Co., the local company behind the project.

Manchester Square has been under construction since the summer of 2018.

The location is a former warehouse-style retail building.

76 Group Co. kept the bones of the structure but has given the exterior a dramatic makeover.

There are 52 different facades, mainly accented with various types of brick.

In addition, more than 500 individual windows are fitted in to the 19 retail bays.

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