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Updates

14.12.17
The Arthur Residence wins a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.

14.12.04
Five new projects have been added to the website:

0174 | OZ Condominiums

0369 | Pino [Helsinki Guggenheim]

0258 | 548 Stradbrook Condominiums

0320 | Handsart Residence

0310 | Arthur Residence
New project photographs have been added to:
0078 | youCUBE
0057 | Webster Cottage

14.10.03
AGGV wins the 2014 World Architecture Festival Future Project of the Year. 5468796 is featured in Issue #52 [Oct/Nov] of Mark Magazine. OMS Stage is published in the September issue of Monocle Magazine.

14.08.05
OMS Stage is published in the June issue of Architect Magazine.

14.06.18
Two new projects have been added to the website:
0337 | Table for 1200
0272 | AGGV

14.06.13
5468796 receives the sixth annual Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize. The international award recognizes architects and designers in the early years of their careers.

14.06.08
5468796 is privileged to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Van Alen Institute's new International Council in Venice, Italy during the preview of the Venice Biennale in Architecture.

14.06.03
The Avenue on Portage receives a Prairie Design Award of Excellence for Recent Work. Manitoba Start receives a Prairie Design Award of Excellence for Small Projects.

14.05.31
Table for 1200 (an initiative by 5468796 and StorefrontMB) hosts 1200 guests for an outdoor design-centric pop-up dinner on the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge in Winnipeg.

14.05.01
OMS Stage is shortlisted for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture.

14.04.23
OMS Stage receives a 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture.

14.03.26
Colin travels to New Zealand  to participate in the PrefabNZ 2014 Conference and the NZIA Speaker Series.

14.03.03
T412 Exhibition opens at the Eric Arthur Gallery (University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design).

14.01.13
OMS Stage is published in Materials for Design 2 and The Avenue is an Architectural Record 2013 Editors' Pick for "Most Confounding Canadian Facade."

13.11.06
Three new projects have been added to the website:
0308 | HEDGE
0289 | Table for Twelve
0274 | Kee Condos

13.07.16
5468796 is selected by the Canada Council for the Arts as the 2013 recipient of the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture with Table for Twelve.

13.07.01
The Avenue is featured in Arquine No. 64 (summer 2013) and the June issue of Canadian Architect. 62M is the featured Idea Project in Architecture & Culture No. 386.

13.06.13
5468796 is 1 of 20 firms featured in the 2013 *Wallpaper Architects Directory.

13.05.31
5468796 is featured in the RAIC Awards of Excellence issue of Canadian Architect and the June issue of enRoute. Manitoba Start is featured in the May/June issue of Canadian Interiors.

13.05.24
Bond Tower will be featured in the British Council's Atlas of the Unbuilt World Exhibition.

13.05.07
5468796 is selected for the WAN 21 FOR 21 Award.

13.04.25
Bloc_10 wins an RAIC Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture.

13.04.19
62M is featured in the Globe and Mail.

13.04.02
5468796 receives the 2013 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award

13.03.22
Guertin Boatport wins an Architizer A+ Award (Jury + Popular Choice) in the Port Facilities & Boat Piers Typology.

13.02.15
OMS Stage (Fabrication), Guertin Boatport (Port Facilities & Boat Piers) + Centre Village (Living Small) have all been shortlisted for an Architizer A+ Award. Public voting is open until March 8th.

13.02.07
The Avenue Building is featured in Architectural Record. 5468796 receives a Governor General's Medal in Architecture for Bloc_10 and lectures at the HUB Ottawa Brown Bag Lunch series.

12.11.29
Bloc_10 wins Architectural Review's Emerging Architecture Award in London, UK.

12.11.05
Bloc_10 wins Prairie Wood Design Award, Edmonton, AB.

12.10.04 
5468796 lectures at the Ryerson Department of Architectural Sciences.

12.10.03 
Bond Tower and Bloc_10 presented at the World Architecture Festival, Singapore, SG.

12.07.20
Bloc 10 and Bond Tower have been shortlisted for the 2012 World Architecture Festival Awards in Singapore.

12.06.07
OMS Stage published in Gestalten's new book, The Sky's the Limit.

12.05.08
Bloc10 is awarded a 2012 Governor General's Medal in Architecture.

12.04.27
5468796 wins two 2012 Prairie Design Awards. One for OMS Stage and one for Webster Cottage.

12.03.01 Arquine Conference
5468796 to present at the Arquine Conference in Mexico City

12.02.14
Bond Tower is chosen for the 'First Award' at the 2012 p/a awards from Architect Magazine.

12.02.14
Centre Village makes the shortlist of 7 projects for the 2012 Residential WAN Awards

12.01.30
5468796 selected for the 2012 Emerging Voices lecture series by The Architectural League NYC.

12.01.27
5468796 is featured as the Portfolio of the Week on The Atlantic Cities.

11.12.15
Bond Tower is chosen for a 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.

11.12.02
5468796 chosen as one of 10 international firms for the annual Architectural Record Design Vanguard.

11.12.02
Added projects: 0212 Bond Tower | 0000 Stack | 0197 MB Start
Updated projects: 0022 BGBX | 0054 Boatport | 0133 Bloc_10 | 0078 youCube | 0169 Avenue + Hample

11.11.14
OMS Stage wins Project of the Year for Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Awards 2011

11.11.07
5468796 welcomes Eva, our new office manager!

11.09.15
5468796 wins the 2011 Arthur Erickson Memorial Award from Western Living Magazine

11.08.17
Centre Village and OMS Stage shortlisted for the 2011 World Architecture Festival.

01.08.11
Migrating Landscapes national design competition for the 2012 Venice Biennale registration is now open. Go to www.migratinglandscapes.ca for more information.  
Registration period : August 1st to September 15 

14.07.11
OMS Stage shortlisted for the 2011 WAN Interiors & Lighting Design Awards.

12.07.11
5468796 shortlisted for the Arthur Erickson Memorial Award as part of Western Living's 2011 Designers of the Year Awards.

11.07.11
5468796 welcomes Jordy to the team!

01.07.11
The Venice Biennale Migrating Landscapes national design competition is announced! See the Migrating Landscapes website for more details.

18.06.11
OMS Stage selected for People Choice in the 2011 AZ Awards | Jury Award Category! Big thanks to everyone that voted.

10.06.11
5468796 selected for the 2011 Winnipeg Arts Council "Marking a Mark" Award.

17.05.11
Of 114 entries, 5468796 is selected as one of 16 'highly commended' firms in the WAN 21 for 21 Awards.

09.05.11
venice2012
5468796 along with Jae Sung Chon are selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture. Visit the "Migrating Landscapes" website for details.

07.05.11
Added Avenue+Hample project.
Updated photos for WRHA, Bloc10, BGBX, and Welcome Place.

20.04.11
5468796 welcomes Jayne to the team!

19.04.11
OMS Stage wins a 2011 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence [for Art].

15.04.11
Our entry to the City of Edmonton Park Pavillion design competition titled "OVER / UNDER" for MillWoods Park receives a 'citation'. The design titled "Char" for Victoria Park is shortlisted.

Over / Under [PDF] | Char [PDF] | Dugout [PDF]

08.04.11
5468796 is a finalist in the Jury-created "Special Category" of the Azure Magazine AZ Awards for OMS Stage.

20.03.11
5468796 is a selected practice to be featured in the Twenty and Change 03 publication and exhibitions.

04.03.11
5468796 is the recipient of the 2011 Spirit of Winnipeg Award in the 'small business' category.

Updated the following projects:
0134 OMS
0011 Centre Village
0027 Welcome Place

02.02.11
5468796 is commended for a 2011 AR Future Projects Award for youCUBE

ARFP2010
 

14.12.10
5468796 wins a 2010 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Bloc10

14.12.10
5468796 wins a 2010 AR Award for Emerging Architecture for OMS Stage! The only North American project to do so this year. The whole office travelled to London, England to accept.

01.11.10
5468796 wins a 2010 Prairie Wood Design Award for both Webster Cottage and Holy Names House of Peace Dining Room!

22.09.10
5468796 welcomes Zach to the team!

Added the following projects:
0138 AnX

Updated the following projects:
0134 OMS
0133 Bloc10
0011 Centre Village
0057 Webster Cottage
0078 YouCube
0054 Guertin Boatport
0025 Venio Store

Exhibit, "Bridal Path" at Harbourfront Centre Toronto has come and gone.

01.08.10
Added the following projects:
0122 wrha on hargrave
0112 e_regulr house
0155 sunspot

08.07.10
Added the following project:
0134 OMS Stage ['The Cube']

Graphic updates for the following projects:
0011 Centre Village Housing Co-op

05.07.10
5468796 welcomes Maria to the team!

26.06.10
YouCube and Centre Village open show suites as part of the annual Downtown Living Tour.

25.06.10
YouCube ribbon cutting. Mark Penner[GSD] and Denver Kroeker[Artisan Homes] help 5468796 operate the big scissors.

23.06.10
5468796 [w/ Cohlmeyer Architect] wins a 2010 Prairie Design Award of Merit for Bohemier Residence.

18.06.10
'The Bridal Path' opens as part of Redux Park @ The Harbourfront Centre with Brook McIlroy and vlan paysages [w/ Atelier in situ].

17.06.10
OMS Stage ['The Cube'] opens! First public concerts are performed on the stage, followed by the MEME Festival and the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

20.05.10
Johanna Hurme wins the 2010 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Business! We are all proud of you.

07.05.10
5468796 is 3! and we've moved to a new office at 266 McDermot.

22.01.10
BGBX is awarded a 2010 P/A Award.

16.12.09
YouCube is awarded a 2009 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.

13.12.09
Added the following projects:
0133 BLOC_10
0021 New Directions
0011 Centre Village Housing Co-op
0027 Welcome Place

10.10.09
Graphic updates for the following projects:
0078 YouCube
0057 Webster Cottage
0022 BGBX
0007 Bohemier Residence

20.09.09
0000 General | Congrats to Team 5468796 for winning the annual MAA Ken Pratt Memorial Golf Tournament!

0000 General | 5468796 part of the Twenty + Change Book 2

0078 Youcube | part of exhibit "Sounds like 1974" at UofM Arch II Gallery

0000 General | Congratulations to Colin, Architect!

27.05.09
0078 Youcube | phase 1 foundation permit granted! [confetti falls from sky]

15.05.09
0054 Guertin Boatport | "we should construct all of our buildings with helicopters" update

14.05.09
0126 Square Meal | project added

11.05.09
0000 General | 5468796 is 2.

01.02.09
0000 General | YouCube and BGBX accepted to twenty+change exhibit.
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0072 Mitchell Copp | project added
0072 Mitchell Copp | featured in Winnipeg Free Press.
0057 Webster Cottage | project added

27.01.09
0078 Youcube | discussed in the Jury comments of Canadian Architects' Awards of Excellence 2008 issue.

05.01.09
0000 General | Office_v3. We've expanded.

01.01.09
0000 General | Happy New Year!

27.11.08
0000 Updates | created update column
0078 Youcube | updated graphic content
 

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Awards

2014
Arthur Residence | Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
AGGV | World Architecture Festival | Future Project of the Year
AGGV | World Architecture Festival | Category Winner
62M | World Architecture Festival Awards | Shortlist
5468796 | Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize
The Avenue on Portage | Recent Work | Prairie Design Award of Excellence
Manitoba Start | Interior Design | Prairie Design Award of Merit
OMS Stage |
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture | Shortlist
OMS Stage | Governor General's Medal in Architecture

2013
5468796 |
CCA Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture
5468796 WAN 21 for 21 Award
Bloc_10 RAIC Award of Excellence | Innovation in Architecture
5468796 | RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award
Guertin Boatport | Architizer A+ Awards | Boat Piers | Winner
OMS Stage | Architizer A+ Awards | Fabrication | Finalist
Centre Village | Architizer A+ Awards | Living Small | Finalist
The Avenue on Portage | Heritage Winnipeg Special President's Award

2012
Bloc_10 Architectural Review | Emerging Architecture Award
Bloc_10 | WAN Awards | Residential | Shortlist
Bond Tower | World Architecture Festival Awards | Shortlist
Bloc_10 | World Architecture Festival Awards | Shortlist
Bloc_10 | Prairie Wood Design Awards | Winner
Bloc_10 Governor General's Medal in Architecture
OMS Stage | Prairie Design Award | Small Projects | Award of Excellence
Webster Cottage Prairie Design Award | Small Projects | Award of Merit
Bond Tower | P/A award | First Award
Centre Village | WAN Awards | Residential | Shortlist

2011
Bond Tower
| Canadian Architect | Award of Merit
OMS Stage
| Best of Canada Awards | Canadian Interiors | Project of the Year
Centre Village
|
World Architecture Festival | Housing | Shortlisted
OMS Stage | World Architecture Festival | Culture | Shortlisted
5468796 | Arthur Erickson Memorial Award
OMS Stage AZ Awards | Jury Award Category | Peoples Choice
5468796 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards | Making a Mark Award
OMS Stage RAIC Award of Excellence
Over / Under Edmonton Park Pavilion Design Comptetition | Citation
5468796 | Spirit of Winnipeg Award | Small Business
youCUBE AR Future Projects Awards | Residential | Commended

2010
Bloc10
 | Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
OMS Stage | AR Award for Emerging Architecture | Highly Commended
Holy Names House of Peace Dining Room | Prairie Wood Design Award | Interiors
Webster Cottage | Prairie Wood Design Award | Residential
Bohemier Residence | Prairie Design Awards | Award of Merit
Johanna Hurme | Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year | Emerging Business
230 Princess | Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards | Commercial Conservation Awards
BGBX | 57th Annual P/A Awards | multifamily

2009
YouCube 
| Canadian Architect Awards | Award of Merit
Square Meal | RiverView Health Centre 'The Event' | Runner-up
Team 5468796 | MAA Ken Pratt Memorial Golf Tournament | 1st place

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Publications & Features

2014
Arthur Residence | Canadian Architect | Dec
5468796 | Azure Magazine | Dec
5468796 | Mark Magazine | Oct
OMS Stage | Monocle Magazine | Sept
Migrating Landscapes | Braun | Exhibition Design | July
OMS Stage | Yapi Magazine | July
OMS Stage | Lightecture Magazine | July
Centre Village | Braun | Courtyard Architecture | July
OMS Stage | Architect Magazine | June
5468796 | Globe and Mail | June
OMS Stage | Canadian Architect | May
OMS Stage | Architecture and Culture | April
5468796 | Maclean's | 10 Places You've Got to See | March
5468796Globe and Mail | March
Bloc_10 | The Architecture of Engagement | March
OMS Stage | Materials for Design 2 | Jan

2013
The Avenue | 
Architectural Record | Editors' Picks
Bloc_10 | Arketipo - Housing | Sep
Centre Village | C3 No. 348 - Dwelling Shift | Oct
Bond Tower | Architecture & Culture | Sep
62M | Architecture & Culture | July
The Avenue on Portage | Arquine | Summer
5468796 | *Wallpaper Architects Directory | June
5468796 | enRoute | June
The Avenue on Portage | Canadian Architect | June
Manitoba Start | Canadian Interiors | June
5468796 | Canadian Architect | May
62M | Globe and Mail | April
Centre Village | Hinge Vol. 210 | Mar
The Avenue on Portage | Architectural Record | Feb

2012
Bloc_10 | Architectural Review | Dec
Manitoba Start Interior Design | Nov
Migrating Landscapes | Cdn Architect | Nov
5468796 | AZURE | Oct
Migrating Landscapes | Maclean's | Oct
5468976 | Globe and Mail | Oct
Bloc_10 treehugger | Sep
Migrating Landscapes | SPACE Magazine | Sep
5468976 | Globe and Mail | Sep
Migrating Landscapes Archdaily | Aug
Bloc_10 | Globe and Mail | Jun
OMS Stage | The Sky's the Limit | Gestalten | June
OMS Stage | Audi Canada Magazine | Jan
Holy Names House of Peace | 2010-2011 Wood Design Awards
Webster Cottage | 2010-2011 Wood Design Awards
Bloc_10 | Arquine Magazine | March
Bond Tower | Arquine Magazine | March
5468796 | The Architect's Newspaper | Feb
Bond Tower | Architect Magazine | Jan
5468796 The Atlantic Cities | Jan

2011
Bond Tower | Canadian Architect | Dec
5468796 | Design Vanguard | Arch Record | Dec
5468796 | Toronto Standard | Nov
5468796 | Globe and Mail | Nov
OMS Stage
| Modus News Magazine | 01
5468796 | Western Living Magazine | Sept
OMS Stage
 | C3 | Small Variations
Centre Village | Canadian Architect | April
OMS Stage | Twenty + Change 03
OMS Stage | Arch Daily
Bohemier Residence | Arch Daily
Webster Cottage | Arch Daily
Sunspot | Archinect
Bohemier | Canadian Interiors
OMS Stage | ICON Magazine | Jan

2010
Bloc10 | Canadian Architect | Dec
OMS Stage | The Architectural Review | Dec
5468796 | Archinect UpStarts
BGBX | Architect Magazine | Jan

2009
BGBX & YouCube | Twenty + Change 02
YouCube | Canadian Architect | Dec

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Exhibitions & Lectures

2014
T412 |
University of Toronto, ON | Mar. 03 - Apr. 04

STRAND On Architecture : Facing the Future | Dec. 1-15
McGill School of Architecture Lecture Series | Nov. 20
TEDxUManitoba | Nov. 3-4
University of Montreal Lecture Series | Oct. 28
NCC Urbanism Lab Event : Design Excellence | Oct. 3
Woodbury University Lecture Series | Sep. 26
RAIC Festival | May 28-31
Governor General's Medals Lecture | May 12
Banff Sessions | May 2 - 3
BONDMULTI 2014 | April 24 - 27
NZIA Speaker Series | Mar. 26 - 28
PrefabNZ 2014 Conference | Auckland, NZ | Mar. 26 - 28

2013
ML Unpacked |
Cambridge Galleries, ON | Jul. 05 - Sep. 08
Migrating LandscapesPier 21, Halifax, NS | May 30 - Oct. 27
Bond TowerAtlas of the Unbuilt World | British Council | Jun. 7-27
Table for Twelve | University of Illinois, Chicago | Feb. 18 - Mar. 15

AIA Women's Leadership Summit | Phoenix, AZ | Oct. 24-26
Designing Downtown Pecha Kucha 17 | Edmonton, AB | Oct. 5
London Architecture Series | Museum London, ON | Sep. 26
Winnipeg Design Festival 10x20x20 | Winnipeg, MB | Sep. 20
AR+D Emerging Architecture Lecture Series | RIBA | Feb. 12
Brown Bag Lunch Series | The Hub, Ottawa, ON | Jan. 30

2012
Bloc_10 | AR+D Emerging Architecture Exhibition | RIBA | Nov. 29
Bloc_10 Bargained Building | ARCH2, Wpg, MB | Sep. 20
Bond Tower Bargained Building | ARCH2, Wpg, MB | Sep. 20
Migrating Landscapes | Venice Biennale, Venice, IT | Aug - Nov
Migrating Landscapes | Winnipeg Art Gallery, Wpg, MB | Mar. 15
Migrating Landscapes | Brookfield Place, Toronto, ON | Feb. 06
Migrating Landscapes | The Forks, Winnipeg, MB | Feb. 02
Migrating Landscapes | Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, SK | Jan. 19
Migrating Landscapes | Parisian Laundry, Montreal,  QC | Jan. 18
Migrating Landscapes | Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS | Jan. 09

In Progress | Ryerson Dept. of Arch. Science | Toronto, ON | Oct 4
Tecnologico De Monterrey | Guadalajara, MX | Mar.27
Arquine Congress 13 | Mexico City, MX | Mar. 13
Architecture League | Emerging Voices | New York, NY | Mar. 02
Carleton University | Forum Lecture Series | Jan 23
Dalhousie School of Architecture | Halifax, NS | Jan. 16

2011
Migrating Landscapes | ACAD, Calgary, AB | Dec. 07
Migrating Landscapes | MOV, Vancouver, BC | Nov. 03
OMS Stage | RAIC Festival, Vancouver, BC
OMS Stage | Twenty + Change 03, Traveling Exhibit
OMS Stage | Emerging Architecture Exhibit, RIBA, London, UK

In Progress | University of Waterloo | Waterloo, ON | Mar. 17
Architecture & Design Now | University of Lethbridge | Oct. 24
Winnipeg Free Press Cafe / Chamber of Commerce | Dec. 21

2010
Bohemier Residence | Prairie Design Awards, Traveling Exhibit
Bridal Path | Redux Park, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
YouCube | Sounds Like 1974 Exhibit, University of Manitoba
BGBX | Architect Magazine | January
BGBX & YouCube | Twenty + Change 02, Traveling Exhibition
Big Brother / Little Sister | Prairie Design Awards, Traveling Exhibit

In Progress | University of Manitoba | Sept 30, 2010

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OZ Condominiums


Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
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    Year:
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    private
    complete
    2014
    $6.7M
    multi-family residential
    38 000 sqft [25 units]

OZ is a 25 unit, high-end condominium development located in the heart of Osborne Village. Located on an L-shaped site, the project is conceived as two towers linked by a minimal glass entry and a shared elevator core. Each tower is wrapped in a cohesive skin of black metal cladding that is carved into and punctured through to introduce outdoor space, provide shelter for ground floor entrances and respect setback restrictions. The deeply fluted corrugated metal skin consists of a gradient of solid and perforated panels that create a subtle play of light across the facade. Every component that is recessed behind or cut through the skin is rendered in white, reflecting daylight into the building’s void spaces.

Although zoning regulations initially limited the structure to five storeys, by introducing mezzanines on two levels the saleable square footage was increased substantially while still conforming to the maximum allowable building height. In addition, the precise interlocking of a variety of unit types served to reduce corridor areas. Compared to a conventionally planned development, the OZ configuration significantly increases density efficiency and thus profit potential for the developer. The square footage gained from compact planning allowed for the creation of horizontal courtyards off the mezzanines that punch through the building and provide large exterior decks with expansive vistas for loft units.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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Pino [Helsinki Guggenheim]


Helsinki, Finland

  • Client:
    Status:
    Year:
    Budget:
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    Size:
    Guggenheim
    competition
    2014
    $180M
    art gallery
    130 000 sqft

The iconic Guggenheim brand and the quiet confidence of the Finnish identity inspire an art gallery defined by an ethereal quality of light, space and material drawn directly from an understanding of place. The visible program is reduced into a highly charged timber form that claims the site for the city, but also distills its energy into a powerful point of gravity - iconic yet restrained, playful yet subtle, warm yet stoic. Set against the city or the harbour, the lush green of Tahtitorninmaki park in the summer or the bitter whiteout of winter, the wood structure becomes a beacon for visitors and locals alike.

The galleries rest under a civic blanket whose subtly undulated surface creates controlled ponding during and after rain, resulting in natural reflection pools. Below the plaza, the single level exhibition space provides a highly flexible and functional environment for art. A choreography of curated courtyards allows for precise filtering of light into the galleries, rendering each with a unique atmosphere and immersing visitors in a composition of dappled light and shadow. Inside the wood form, the gallery soars into an unexpected vertical volume where a movable floor takes on different programmatic identities - from performance hall to classroom to observation deck - depending on the level to which it is docked. Small apertures left between the stacked timbers modulate the delicate light that surrounds or emanates from within.

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548 Stradbrook Condominiums


Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Status:
    Year:
    Budget:
    Project Type:
    Size:
    Sunrex Group of Companies
    complete
    2013
    $1.6M
    multi-family residential
    9 200 sqft [8 units]

548 Stradbrook is an eight unit infill development in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village neighbourhood. Located on a mature residential street lined with turn-of-the-century homes, the building is wrapped in a reflective glass shroud that allows it to be camouflaged with its character-filled surroundings. The project responds to existing zoning setbacks and density constraints with a three-storey, compact form that contains six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom loft units.

The project’s cladding treatment draws direct inspiration from its historic context, reinterpreting traditional lap siding with a custom, shingled glass facade of reflective panels that are overlaid like fish scales both vertically and horizontally across the entire building. The mirror-like finish and subtle angling of the glass creates an ephemeral interplay of reflections and light during the day, and transforms the building into a glowing apparition at night. At the second floor level, a metal canopy wraps the building’s perimeter, supported by a colonnade of thin black columns that lightly touch the sidewalk below. Functionally, the canopy defines a front yard patio space and sheltered walking path for tenants. Aesthetically, the canopy provides a stable counterpoint and grounding element to balance the ever-changing nature of the glass facade above.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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Handsart Residence


Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
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    Year:
    Budget:
    Project Type:
    Size:
    Private
    construction documents
    2016
    withheld
    single family residence
    4 500 sqft

The Handsart Residence is located on a corner lot in the mature Tuxedo neighbourhood of Winnipeg. Designed for an expanding family of four, the house distills the major functions of living, sleeping and utility space into their own identifiable one-, two- and three-storey volumes. Breaking the typical mass of a single family home into three blocks helps connect the house with its site, defines its private yard and captures the south-western sun.

From the street, the crevice between the two-storey living and the three-storey sleeping block creates a powerful point of gravity and an inviting yet unexpected entry. From within the glass entry bridge, a view extends down into a moss garden between the garage and the house. The daily cycle of movement between various activities and from public to private spaces occurs through these transparent light bridges that connect the blocks to one another. In the sleeping block the private quarters are organized by level, with the children’s area extending from the basement to the first floor and the master suite functions encompassing the second and third floors. Upon entering the living block, the space expands into a two storey volume rendered in faceted and luminous materials intended to reflect natural light. An open riser stair connects the public living space with the secluded sitting room on top of the central utility block, culminating in a second floor balcony overlooking the yard.

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Arthur Residence


Regina, SK

  • Client:
    Status:
    Year:
    Budget:
    Project Type:
    Size:
    Arthur Family
    construction documents
    2015
    $750 000
    single family residence
    2 500 sqft + garage & basement suite

The Arthur Residence is a two storey home for a finish carpenter and an emergency room doctor situated in the Cathedral neighbourhood of Regina. Originally from South Africa, the owners longed for a private sanctuary that would provide ample space for gardening and infuse inspiring views into a modest forty foot infill site. Where required side yard setbacks typically result in unconsidered or left over space, the residence is designed to encompass the entire width of the lot. Conceived as a secret garden, the ground floor is surrounded by a concrete fence at the property edge. Beyond the wall, four courtyards - an entry court, a sunken patio, a main garden and a carport - define three interior spaces: the foyer, the combined living and dining room, and the linear kitchen / utility wing. The house is then divided vertically into living and sleeping quarters.

While the main floor is a protective shell punctured by internal garden views, the second floor is an airy refuge providing secretive, more discrete lookouts over the neighbourhood and existing tree canopy. White plaster walls curve inward like curtains drawn in by the breeze, resulting in triangular voids that allow daylight to softly wash the interior. These two distinct territories - of solidity and lightness, of activity and repose - intersect in the double-height living and dining room. Smooth, contoured plaster rests on raw, cast-in-place concrete, reinforcing the tactile and sensory qualities of material, space and light that form the essence of the house, one which is simple but not strictly minimal.

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Table for 1200*


Winnipeg, MB

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5468796 together with design advocacy group Storefront Manitoba celebrated the culmination of Winnipeg’s Architecture Fringe Festival and the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Festival of Architecture on Saturday, May 31 by transforming the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge into a giant pop-up dining room and inviting guests to experience and discuss the power of architecture and design. The project is the culmination of 5468796’s Table for 12 - a nine-city series of intimate dining events that put the spotlight on architecture culture.

On this major civic landmark and against the backdrop of Winnipeg’s new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the team joined together 150 tables of eight to create one continuous 1200 foot long dining table - making it one of the longest dining tables on record. Volunteer ”Table Captains” decorated their tables to a theme of their choice, competing for prize money for the best table setting. Diners from across Canada - including representatives from prominent institutions, the city government, arts organizations and the general public - were notified of the event’s secret location only hours prior to the dinner. Meals were provided by local chefs from RAW:almond (Mandel Hitzer from Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk from RAW Gallery) along with Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services.

*With Storefront Manitoba.

All photographs by Jacqueline Young (except Instagram grid).

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HEDGE


Winnipeg, MB

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    Sunrex Group of Companies
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    50 000 sqft [48 units]

HEDGE is a 55+ apartment complex that reconsiders the typically modest seniors’ housing typology as an opportunity for architectural richness. The four-storey project consists of 48 apartments distributed between two buildings that together frame and preserve a mature stand of cottonwoods. The building’s circulation scheme and the landscape intertwine so that experiencing the well-treed courtyard becomes an integral part of everyday life.

Starting from the ground floor and continuing upwards to the roof terrace, a gently sloping promenade moves from interior to exterior and back again, forming a continuous walkway that weaves the buildings together and bridges the half storey height differential separating them. The boardwalk serves a pragmatic role by providing access to common exit stairs for both buildings, and also offers a recreational amenity for residents - a means to take a daily stroll through the trees.

The building is clad in corrugated corten steel, with added depth provided by a mesh screen that spans vertically between eight inch deep flashing angles, creating space where planters can be placed. Three strains of ivy grow from the planters and extend up and through the mesh; two varieties provide colourful blossoms, while the third retains its green foliage year-round. The facade is thus conceived as a green wall that gives soft life to the building.

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Prix de Rome in Architecture | Table for Twelve


8 Cities. 8 Dinners. Countless Conversations.

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    Canada Council for the Arts
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    2013 - 2014
    $50,000
    research + travel

In 2013, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded 5468796 the $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture for their project, Table for 12, a nine-city series of intimate dining events that put the spotlight on architecture culture.

In every city, a regional host helped bring together a group of individuals - including architects and their clients, planners, local critics, members of the media, politicians and artists - to discuss the state of architecture in their city. The objective of the project was to research cities around the world with a thriving design culture and to gain a deeper understanding of the catalysts that have built a strong commitment to architecture.

5468976 disseminated the results of their research through a lecture at the 2014 MAA / RAIC Festival of Architecture. For more information about the project, and to follow our blog updates, please visit the Table for Twelve website.

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Kee Condos


Winnipeg, MB

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    Corporate Hotels
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    2015
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    multi-family residential
    19 000 sqft [phase 1]

Kee Condos is a linear infill development bridging two vacant lots off of a large intersection in the Brooklands neighbourhood of Winnipeg. The project strives to carve a safe and communal place for young families to live and play in a neglected area of the city.

Challenged to place 50 family-sized units, all required parking as well as a protected green space on two triangular lots, the design takes advantage of the air rights over the street dividing the parcels to introduce an elevated, two-storey band of housing. Parking is sheltered beneath the building and accessed directly from the public lane. Together, these moves maximize the landscaped area while creating a threshold between an existing pocket of single family houses and the busy Keewatin Street.

To further enhance the sense of community, all entry to upper units occurs via an exterior walkway on the green space. All living room windows also look onto this area, providing additional eyes on the park, improving the overall level of safety for residents, and creating opportunities for chance encounters and conversations. By folding inverted bay windows into the upper suites, cutting pedestrian-scale apertures throughout the ground level, and allowing the envelope to bend around existing trees, the building maintains porosity and openness across its 400 foot length.

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AGGV*


Victoria, BC

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    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    competition
    2014
    $14M
    art gallery
    34 600 sqft
    2014 WAF Future Project of the Year

The AGGV’s permanent collection is housed in an historic mansion and series of Modernist additions in an established residential area of Victoria. Our design team was shortlisted for a competition to envision the future renovation and expansion of the gallery.

The current facility appears impenetrable, its vibrancy hidden behind brick and concrete. Our submission re-imagines the AGGV as a village of small pavilions, engulfed by the existing landscape and new public spaces that cascade through the site. A dedicated upper level gallery rises above, nested in the dense tree canopy of oaks and sequoias, its sculptural form enclosing a cohesive and flexible sequence of exhibition spaces. Programs on the second floor radiate around a large opening carved from the building mass that allows daylight to flood the lobby and frames the sky.

Interior spaces are defined by transparent walls, layered behind an innovative system of wood quills that cantilever from an external structural mesh. The skin acts as a natural shading device while allowing for diffused light penetration. Visitors meander through the exhibits, held above the land as if walking through the tree canopy itself, a gallery experience unlike any other in Canada.

*with number TEN architectural group + Atelier Anonymous

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62M


Winnipeg, MB

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    Green Seed Development Corp. + Ranjjan Dev.
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    2014
    $4.5M
    multi-family residential
    27000 sqft

62M is a 40-unit residential development located at the edge of downtown Winnipeg and the Red River. Compressed between a freeway and the backs of neighbouring properties, the site was considered undesirable due to restricted views and a lack of street frontage. Lifted up on 35’ high stilts, the project overcomes the limitations of its surroundings with an iconic form and unprecedented sightlines.

The two storey, circular building is both spatially efficient and cost-effective. As a whole, the 360 degree plan provides the widest possible perimeter for glass with the smallest amount of exterior envelope to construct. In addition, all units have identical, pie-shaped layouts that simplify assembly. Each 610 s.f. suite is arranged so that the entry and utility spaces occupy the narrow end, closest to the circulation core. This configuration frees the remaining square footage for a flexible, open living area that culminates in an expansive wall of floor to ceiling glass.

At ground level, a forest of columns fills the site; some of these stilts support the building while others function as light standards to illuminate the parking area. Their thinness becomes a clear counterpoint to the thicker ring of housing, emphasizing the weight and mass of the building floating above.

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Bond Tower


Winnipeg, MB

Bond Tower is an eleven-storey office building that stands in clear contrast to the downtown Winnipeg skyline. Rising as a thin, black bar from its extremely narrow lot, the tower offers 4,200 s.f. floors of corporate condominiums and views of the downtown, resting on a commercial base. While the main level sits within the city’s setback regulations, the upper stories cantilever fifteen feet over the sidewalk on each short end, engaging the streetscape below, extending the usable floor space and capturing daylight through full-height glazing.

Due to the 33’ lot width, it becomes necessary to build flush with the side yards in order to maximize square footage requirements. As a result, no windows are permitted on the east or west façades. The introduction of diagonal ‘courtyards’ cutting through the structure allows the space to be broken up into smaller compartments, increasing access to light, views and fresh air. Generic plans are made unique by the size, orientation and location of these apertures, which are angled upward to incorporate a long flight of accessible, bleacher-style steps. Since every hole crosses from one floor to another, the floor plates remain continuous either above or below the opening.

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Migrating Landscapes


2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture [Aug 29 - Nov 25]

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    Venice, Italy + Canada [various]
    Canada Council for the Arts +
    Architecture Canada | RAIC
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    2011-2012
    $1M
    traveling exhibition

As more and more people move around the globe, the issue of im/migration is more important than ever. In spite of humanity’s increased mobility, many countries are becoming less open to new im/migrants, with Canada remaining a notable exception.

Migrating Landscapes was selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The project was curated by 5468796 Architecture + Jae-Sung Chon, who joined together to become the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO).
Migrating Landscapes explores the settling-unsettling dynamic of im/migration, featuring 18 video narratives and architectural scale models of ‘dwellings’ designed by young architects/designers. The work was selected by a prestigious jury from a Canada-wide competition and displayed in regional exhibitions, organized and constructed by MLO.

MLO has designed a wooden exhibition infrastructure that acts as a conceptual landscape onto which each architectural dwelling is settled, with each model representing an act of first im/migration. The landscape is envisioned as a malleable grid mosaic - an abstraction of the physical, social, economic and political conditions that form Canada’s pluralistic cultural identity.

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Manitoba Start


Winnipeg, MB

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    Manitoba Start
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    2012
    $1.7M
    offices + classrooms
    22500 sqft
    2014 Prairie Design Award of Merit

Manitoba Start is a non-profit organization that provides arrival services to Winnipeg’s recent immigrants. Their new facility is located on the main floor of The Avenue on Portage. Faced with a somewhat irregular grid of existing columns, the plan responds with a hexagonal geometry that flows freely through the building. Rooms oriented at 30 and 60 degree angles establish solid and void spaces that allow for easier movement of people and greater connectivity between elements. Fixed programs are contained in solid boxes - with walls of birch plywood or white-painted MDF - while flexible spaces fill the remaining voids. Hexagonal perforations in the plywood panels provide a greater sense of openness while still maintaining visual separation, acting as a filter between the more energized public environment and the quieter classroom zones.

The hexagonal geometry is employed in a variety of forms and at multiple scales, from the configuration of lighting and the open office furniture layout, to the detailing of way-finding signage and interior finishes. Functioning as both an organizing principle and a graphic element, the repeated pattern establishes a coherent spatial arrangement and cohesive branding for the organization.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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The Avenue on Portage


Winnipeg, MB

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    Mark + Rick Hofer
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    2012
    $10.8M
    Multi-family residential + commercial
    73000sqft + 22500sqft
    2014 Prairie Design Award of Excellence

The Avenue on Portage revives two historic commercial buildings from the early 1900s located one block west of Winnipeg’s most famous corner, Portage and Main. Once major retail destinations in the city, the Avenue and Hample Buildings experienced a slow decline, becoming blights to the street and downtown. In 2010 our client purchased the site to develop the derelict properties into 75 rental apartments and 22,500 s.f. of commercial space.

A series of formally simple moves dramatically transform the original façades, shifting public perception of the buildings from eyesores to a unified urban landmark. Hovering above the sidewalk, steel balconies cantilever from existing window openings and provide outdoor access for residents. Clad in mirror-finish aluminum, the balconies become camouflaged against their surroundings, reflecting at turns the sky, the façade and the street below. At street level a wall of glass folds back into the building to create a deep, V-shaped entrance that broadens the width of the sidewalk. Overhead, a faceted canopy angles outward 13 feet from the face of the Hample before returning to meet the edge of the Avenue, unifying the two façades. Together, these elements draw the city into the building’s expression, making it an active participant in the life of the street.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography unless noted.

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Sunspot


Winnipeg, MB

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    The Forks
    complete
    2010
    $10,000
    warming hut
    18' diameter

Sunspot, along with four other skating shelters designed by local and international architecture firms, was part of an exhibition of Warming Huts along the Forks River Trail in the winter of 2009. The event is now an annual celebration of art and architecture on ice.

The finished project is the result of a collaboration between 5468796 Architecture and Winnipeg-based artist Ewa Tarsia. The sphere is an extension of Ewa’s exploration of ‘dot’, a recurring theme in her recent work, as well as an interpretation of the ultimate source of heat - the sun.

The Sunspot hangs from the Forks’ Historic Rail Bridge, hovering just three feet above the frozen river. Composed of a structural frame coated in a skin of ice and coloured water, the interior is rendered with a vibrant and warm glow that evokes Tarsia’s painting plates. A large diameter opening at the bottom of the sphere allows skaters to enter and experience the transformed sky. The bottom ring provides a rope-wrapped bench to rest on, while the structure offers shelter from the wind.

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OMS Stage


Winnipeg, MB

‘The Cube’ is an open-air performance venue situated in Old Market Square, an iconic green space and summer festival hub in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. In 2009, 5468796 won an invited competition with a multi-functional design that throws out the old bandshell concept on the grounds that when a conventional stage is not in use it looks forlorn - especially through the city's long winters.

A concrete structure enclosed by a flexible metal membrane, The Cube functions as a multipurpose environment. The membrane is composed of 20,000 identical hollow aluminum pieces strung together on aircraft cables. The orientation of the pieces alternates, forming a malleable and shimmering curtain that can stand like a wall, be pulled in to reveal the performance space, or function as a light-refracting surface - allowing it to morph into a projection screen, concert venue, shelter or sculptural object. When the stage is closed, the membrane’s diamond extrusions capture and refract internal lighting or projections to their outer surface, creating a unique pixel matrix for artists to appropriate at will.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography unless noted.

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Bloc_10


Winnipeg, MB

Bloc_10 strives to re-imagine and re-invent the market-driven condominium. Situated on the site of a former gas station, the developer wanted a modestly priced building designed and constructed within 12 months. The resulting three-storey, 10-unit condominium is modelled after a ‘white-box’ concept: each buyer purchases an unfinished unit with basic plumbing, heating and electrical systems installed, allowing them to decide which rooms and finishes they would like on each floor. 5468796 challenged traditional townhouse layouts with apartments that cross from one side of the building to the other as they ascend over three levels. This arrangement provides every unit with north and south views, and transforms eight into corner suites. To take advantage of the maximum allowable mass for the development, cantilevered projections expand rooms, create balconies and provide support for the screen of vertical wood slats that wraps the exterior. The screen provides each homeowner with privacy and shade, filtering surrounding views and creating a buffer against traffic noise. The screen’s sheer texture unifies the façade and gives Bloc_10 a distinctive identity within the neighbourhood.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography unless noted.

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Square Meal


Winnipeg, MB

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    Riverview Health Centre
    complete
    2009
    n/a
    exhibit
    8'x8'x8'
    'The Event' Runner-up

The Riverview Health Centre (RHC) serves individuals with rehabilitation and long term care needs, and strives to create a welcoming, healing environment for its clients. The Riverview Health Centre Foundation supports RHC’s initiatives through various philanthropic endeavours, including a fundraising dinner called ‘The Event.’ First held in 2008, ‘The Event’ calls upon local designers to create original, dining-themed settings that are then judged and awarded prizes at the end of the evening.

Square Meal is an interactive dining space, in contrast to the more formal and rigid table settings that have become obsolete in many households. The design uses 96 sheets of 1/2” mdf, spaced 2” apart, to create an 8’ x 8’ cube. The cube is then carved into and out of to create different eating nooks, allowing occupants to dine however they choose, whether it’s lying down, standing up or somewhere in between.

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WRHA on hargrave


Winnipeg, MB

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    WRHA on Hargrave
    Hargrave Holdings LLC.
    complete
    2012
    withheld
    office
    33 000sqft

WRHA on Hargrave is a six storey, 43,000 s.f. office building in downtown Winnipeg. Bound by a street, a parking lot and two existing buildings, the site could only accommodate a 75’x75’ floor plate. With a conventional stair and elevator core, the project would not have provided enough usable area to meet the WRHA’s requirements for open office space and access to natural light. By uncoiling the stair flights, pushing them to the building’s perimeter and allowing them to cantilever over the site’s boundaries, the project became possible. Additional square footage was claimed for the offices, making the design economically viable and creating uninterrupted office space with ample daylight. The perimeter staircases also give the building its distinct appearance.

Starting from opposite corners, two staircases spiral down the building’s perimeter. The sloping stair geometry creates an unconventional massing on all four sides of the building and provides an unexpected spatial experience within. The exterior skin stretches over this geometry, with the stairs dividing the building in half and making a natural break between the more expensive curtain wall and the more economical metal cladding with punched windows. This division makes the material decisions appear natural and elevates the perceived value of the project.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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youCUBE


Winnipeg, MB

youCUBE is an 18 unit housing development that explores the potential for density and affordability on a narrow, 264’ x 63’ urban lot. Located on the north end of Waterfront Drive, the project occupies a seemingly unremarkable site with limited visibility of the nearby river and neglected, industrial surroundings. With a modest budget and a background in custom home building, the developer needed a design that could be built using standard construction methods by residential contractors. In response, the project challenges conventional multi-family housing design with a modular and more affordable configuration of individual dwellings that goes beyond the brief to include extensive outdoor space and inspired architectural interiors.

The final composition clusters three and four storey townhouses together on an elevated plaza, which provides access to all of the suite entrances and shelters parking below. Each unit culminates in a rooftop patio with spectacular 360 degree vistas of the river and city skyline. Inside, the suites are defined by an architectural ‘wrap’, a design element that sculpts the interior into a fluid sequence of open plan rooms within a spacious, light-filled volume.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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Mitchell Copp


Winnipeg, MB

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    North Portage Devel. Corp.
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    NA
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    commercial / office spaces
    10 000sqft

The Mitchell-Copp building emerged during an era of intense growth and economic development along Portage Avenue, one of Winnipeg’s most important arteries. Constructed in the early 1900s, the building was converted to a bank in 1920, with renovations including the monumental facade it still has today. Extensive fire damage later destroyed the interior, leaving behind a burned-out shell that remained empty for years before its recent acquisition by the North Portage Development Corporation.

The new design contains four floors of offices suspended over a restaurant space that is sunken into the former basement. This floating, translucent box is set back from the walls and front facade, bringing daylight to the interior and creating an impressive, forty foot high volume free of visual obstructions.

The project is a study in contrast between old and new, simplicity and classical embellishments, letting the existing building speak through texture and ornament. Blackened brick walls will be cleaned and left exposed, and glazing in the barrel-vaulted ceiling and arched window on the facade will be restored.

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Webster Cottage


Dunnottar, MB

Located adjacent to Lake Winnipeg in the village of Dunnottar, Webster Cottage is a modest, 4-season home away from home for a family of four. Cottage functions are divided to create a variety of habitable spaces, and allow for energy conservation through seasonal expansion and contraction. One roof envelopes three primary structures [main cottage / summer cottage / accessory building (storage+carport)] and an array of outdoor rooms [screen porch, covered decks, open decks]. Spaces are linked on the ground by a raised walkway. The material palette is kept simple to emphasize the contrast between the roof surface of dark, ribbed siding and the internal structures of exposed framing, plywood and translucent glass and plastics.

Inside, a simple strip of living space folds onto itself, orienting views toward the lake, and capturing sunlight and natural breezes. Delicate maneuvers in plan and elevation help preserve existing trees on the property. Complexity is created at the crease where the main cottage twists in response to these site conditions. The resulting two-storey sawtooth wall that bisects the main cottage and the triangulated roof surface brings dynamic volumes to an otherwise uncomplicated wood-frame cottage structure.

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Guertin Boatport


Storm Bay, ON

The Guertin Boatport is a two-storey, open-air floating dock and fixed boardwalk situated on Storm Bay in western Ontario. The main level provides two sheltered boat stalls while the upper floor serves as an informal lounge space and viewing deck. Occupying a permanent position along an isolated stretch of the shoreline, the boatport accommodates shifting site conditions in order to provide a year-round amenity for the client.

The project is composed of fragmented vertical planes clad in reflective materials that scatter and redirect light off the lake’s surface. Perforated metal walls protect against wind and filter views while still allowing for extended sightlines of the bay and the surrounding Canadian Shield.

The boatport is accessed by an extruded aluminum plank boardwalk that follows the profile of the rocky shore. Flexible, hinged joints accommodate the rise and fall of water levels, as well as the freeze and thaw cycles of ice. The structure consists of custom designed, cold-formed steel C-channels, pressure treated joists and composite decking. The upper deck is lowered around its edges to keep the lake view clear and unobstructed by the stainless steel cable guards.

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Welcome Place


Winnipeg, MB

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    MIIC
    hold zone inc.
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    2010
    $4M
    housing + support
    25 000sqft

Welcome Place offers shelter and transitional services to Manitoba’s new refugees. On a quiet residential street in an inner-city neighbourhood, the building is designed to address the fragile psychological and emotional state of residents and to help them to slowly transition to a new, supported life in Canada. The design concept was for the building to feel like a solid, protective volume, with offices on the lower floors, and three levels of residential suites above. The residential units are sheltered behind heavy walls with deeply set, porthole-like windows that provide occupants with discrete outdoor views while minimizing views in.

A sequence of shared spaces - starting with a landscaped entry courtyard, flowing to indoor lounges, assembly and seminar rooms and offices, and culminating with a rooftop terrace - flow through the building encouraging interaction amongst residents and staff. The solidity of the building is broken down with these colourful and airy public spaces, giving occupants an opportunity to experience openness and positivity while still within the protective shell. Once familiar with their surroundings, the residents will gradually start to transition from their private accommodation to utilize the shared spaces and subsequently ease their way into the surrounding community. This act is a first step towards their lives as Canadians.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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venio store


Winnipeg, MB

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    North Portage Development Corp.
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    2008
    $15 000 [storefront only]
    storefront
    1000sqft

Pedestrian skywalks are a common fixture in downtown Winnipeg, due to a harsh winter climate that sends bundled-up citizens inside for much of the year. The popularity of these transition spaces has led to the emergence of a number of retailers, including a small convenience shop called Venio Store.

The client required a simple security divider but could not afford the traditional, accordion fold systems that dominate most shopping malls. Our studio was challenged to design a creative and cost-effective alternative. The end result is a white metal screen perforated with small holes to create an abstract, geometric pattern that changes depending on lighting conditions and viewing angle. The 1” diameter openings are small enough to prevent theft but large enough to provide sufficient visibility. Instead of a typical sliding configuration, the main door swings on a 360 degree pivot, while two additional service doors can be opened 180 degrees as needed.

The majority of the 45 foot screen is constructed from off-the-shelf, pre-punched panels with custom scalloped tops and bottoms. As a result, only a few sheets required custom perforations in order to generate a gradation in the density of holes around the final curve.

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BGBX


Winnipeg, MB

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    CSB Corp.
    construction [phase 2]
    2014
    $3.6M
    multi-family loft condos
    24 000sqft [24 units]
    2010 p/a Award [multifamily]

BGBX finds precedent in a big box design typology, transforming an existing parking lot on a hostile industrial corridor into a 24 unit housing development and public green space. Six separate blocks are arranged on the site, with alternating two and three storey residential loft units and small scale commercial flex spaces at grade.

The project begins as a white, nondescript box, a blank volume which is then strategically sliced at six points to reveal unexpected glimpses of lush foliage at the building’s centre. This hidden courtyard cuts away at the box from the inside, creating a multi-facetted façade that is clad in a pixelated forest of green and yellow panels. On the exterior, a corrugated metal skin shields residents from the unyielding character of the street.

The design of BGBX is simplified through the integration of its building systems; despite the project’s irregular shape, a module based on 4’ wide hollow core slabs determines the entire architectural, structural, and mechanical composition of the units. In the courtyard, abundant vegetation acts as lungs for the building, providing fresh air for residents. Gray water cisterns collect run-off from the roofs, and bioswales in the courtyard eliminate the need for catch basins.

*For sales: contact Jeff Badger, CSB Corp. | 204.291.5892 www.BGBX.net

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Centre Village


Winnipeg, MB

Serving underprivileged families, Winnipeg’s Centre Village housing cooperative helps revitalize a neglected inner-city neighbourhood. The site was an abandoned lot zoned for six single-family houses. Instead, the project established a micro village of 25 dwellings within six, three-storey blocks. The blocks’ arrangement both defines and animates two public spaces - a through-street and a shared courtyard - that weave the city into the project and provide amenities for residents and neighbours. Each dwelling has its own entrance at grade or up an exterior staircase, reducing internal circulation and prompting residents to get to know one another.

The units have rich and playful compositions made from simple, compact and easy-to-build 8’x12’ modules and cantilevered 14’x12’ modules for larger living areas. Modules are then stacked and interlocked to create diverse unit configurations distributed over several floors. A typical residence has eight or more windows on at least two sides of the building, providing ample and varied access to daylight and cross-ventilation. Deeply set, vibrant orange cowlings around the windows modulate privacy and views into the units, granting Centre Village a distinct identity in the city.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography unless noted.

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SK8*


Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
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    The Forks | SK8
    complete
    2008
    $0.1M
    commercial kiosk
    1000sqft

The SK8 kiosk was developed in conjunction with the new skateboard park at the Forks in downtown Winnipeg. Developed for two clients, the Forks and the SK8 skateboard store, the venue was to be both temporary and seasonal. The project consists of two phases, the open-air kiosk and the enclosed storage and repair shop.

The phase I kiosk began as a simple exercise to create a structure that could be disassembled and would require a minimal amount of connections during its erection. While all of the components for the structure are custom manufactured, the play of creating volume and enclosure from the modular and easy-to-manufacture pieces remain evident in the final product. The 1/4” thick, one foot wide aluminum plates create a simple interlocking egg crate structure that has enough strength to span as a roof or a wall, but also to function as shelving for the store merchandise. The enclosed volume is metaphorically ‘pulled apart’ to allow for access points into the 12’ x 16’ kiosk.

The phase II structure acts as a companion piece to the original frame. The one foot module continues, but the aluminum structure is now expressed on the inside and clad with cellular plastic panels on three of its exterior faces.

*while at Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd.
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private residence*


Winnipeg, MB

The residence is located on Victoria Crescent, an established residential street that follows the Red River as it bends through the Winnipeg neighbourhood of St. Vital. The site encompasses two former river lots in one large, heavily treed parcel. The original house on the property was built circa 1920, but its form had long been lost under layers of modifications, additions and tacked-on porches and decks.

The essence of the old house becomes the centre of the new residence, with the original foundation preserved as a sunken courtyard. The design turns the original spatial arrangement inside out, transforming house to courtyard, yard to house, solid to void and void to solid.

The courtyard expands the visual space beyond the enclosed rooms and creates a nexus around which circulation spirals in three dimensions. A bridge links the carport to the main entry across the sunken courtyard - taking one over and through the void into the house. A hidden panoramic view of the river beyond is revealed upon entering the vaulted hall, drawing the landscape into the interior.

*while at Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd.

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big brother | little sister*


Winnipeg, MB

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    Awards:
    Radulovic | Hurme
    complete
    2006
    $0.2M
    Loft Condos [2 units]
    2900sqft
    Award of Excellence [PDA 2006]

Twin condominiums occupy the south side of the 5th floor in the historic Travellers Building in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.The 1800 sq ft & 1100 sq ft dwellings were designed and constructed as a pair from their inception to completion. They share a conceptual approach and attitude to detailing, while exhibiting unique qualities and personalities responding to the residents’ priorities.

The projects attempt to carve contemporary dwellings into heritage building by means of preserving and respecting the building’s historic fabric while contrasting it with the minimalist modern interiors.

Each condominium flows freely around the enclosed functions organized at their centres, leaving the exterior walls free of joining partitions. Zones within are separated for visual privacy by procession sequences from one scale to another. Mezzanines expand the floor space and allow for intimacy in the 14-foot high space. The spaces are rendered with the essential textures of their materials, while touches of decadence and luxury add a twinkle to the restrained interiors.

*while at Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd.
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