Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition

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The University of Manitoba’s Visionary (re)Generation competition is inviting some of the world’s most accomplished urban thinkers to re-imagine the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. Focused on innovative and sustainable design, the two phase competition is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform their university into a place like no other that enriches the daily lives of all who learn here, work here, play here or call it home. Submissions for the first phase are due March 11. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Warming Huts v.2013 Proposal / Lateral Office

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Toronto-based practice Lateral Office has shared with us their proposal for the Warming Huts v.2013 competition, entitled “Drift-Pass”. Inspired by the act of manipulating a snow fence, the plywood pavilion offers ice skaters shelter alongside the longest naturally frozen trail in the world in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Top Firms shortlisted to design Canadian Art Center

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery has selected six architectural teams to be shortlisted for the design of its new Inuit Art and Learning Center (IALC). The Center will house the ’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Studio Art and Learning programs.

Selected from 64 international submissions, the six shortlisted teams are:

Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: , Manitoba,
Project team: Tyler Brown, Matthew Bunza, James Eidse, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Thomas Schroeder, Luke Stern, Peter Suter
Structural advisor: Annalisa Meyboom
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: James Dow

Brandon Firehall No.1 / Cibinel Architects

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Architects: Cibinel Architects
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
Design Team: George Cibinel, Marty Kuilman, Jason Kun, Travis Cooke, Candace Wiersema, Markian Yereniuk, Brian Pearson, Mike Karakas, Joseph Orobia, Catherine White
Collaborators: Collins Design Service – Fire Station Consultant
Engineers: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd, Epp Siepman Engineering Inc, Nova 3 Engineering Ltd, Williams Engineering Inc, M. Block & Associates Ltd Landscape Architects: Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture & Planning
Contractor: BIRD Construction
Project area: 30,000 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Mike Karakas

Oxbow Field Station / Eduard Epp & University of Manitoba Students


Architects: Eduard Epp, Matt Cibinel, Michael Chan, Taren Wan, Elaine Pang, Thilini Samarasekera, Richard Chiang, Jen Rac, Scott Dean, Alex Needham
Location: , Canada
Cost: $5,300.00 CDN
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Eduard Epp

Webster Cottage / 5468796 Architecture


Architects: 5468796 Architecture Inc.
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
Project area: 1,200 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: 5468796 Architecture Inc.

OMS Stage / 5468796 Architecture


Architects: 5468796 Architecture Inc.
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
Structural: Lavergne Draward & Associates
Lighting Design: Ambiances Lighting + Visual Design
Project Manager: Mark Penner
Metal Fabricator: Melvin Kleinsasser
Project area: 784 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: 5468796 Architecture Inc.

WOODPILE / Noa Biran + Roy Talmon

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The Warming Huts competition called for a collaboration between artists, architects and designers to put forward ideas for shelter and to be constructed along the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Noa Biran and Roy Talman submitted the Woodpile, an interactive and practical shelter, that responds to both the needs required by the climate and its users.

More on this project after the break.

Winnipeg Library Addition / Patkau Architects and LM Architectural Group

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Winnipeg Centennial Library was originally constructed in 1976 as a three-story building occupying a city block and an adjacent public park. The existing library, constructed of reinforced exposed to the interior and pre-cast panel exterior, felt very disconnected from its surroundings including the park. The addition to the library, which began in 2002 as the winning entry in an invited design competition, includes reorganization and expansion of the collections, reconfiguration of the circulation systems, and creation of new social spaces, as well as renovation of the existing library.

The Winnipeg Library Addition received a Lieutenant-Governor of BC Medal and
Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.

Architects: Patkau Architects and LM Architectural Group
Location: Winnipeg, , Canada
Project Team: Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Hector Lo, Imke Maron, Tokimi Ota, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Christian Schulte, Craig Simms, Yong Sun, Peter Suter (Patkau Architects), David Kressock, Ken Duchnycz, Andrew Brimble, Greg Tomaszewski, Lloyd Mymko, Brent Mehyden, Robert Winslow, Ron Kinash (LM Architectural Group)
Structural Engineering: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
Mechanical Engineering: SMS Engineering Ltd.
Electrical Engineering: MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers
Landscape Architecture: Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram
Code: Gage-Babcock and Associates Ltd.
Acoustic: Daniel Lyzun Associates
Media: McSquared System Design Group, Inc.
Signage: Gallop/Varley
Contractor: Manshield Construction
Owner: City of Winnipeg Library Services, City of Winnipeg Planning, Property, and Development Department
Project Area: 115,000 sqf (renovation) 45,000 sqf (addition)
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: James Dow