Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art Learning Centre Addition

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

An architectural icon, the existing Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, Canada is an inward-looking building intent on creating the best possible environment for the exhibits housed within its walls.  With respect to this very important notion and to the building as its own piece of art within the city, the Inuit Art Learning Centre addition looks to stitch that sculpture back into the fabric of the thriving city around it.  Using the building as a needle, the addition acts as a thread, tied to the needle and wrapping around itself before flowing back into the city – in new alignment with the grid around it.

 

Where the thread moves horizontally, large Tyndall stone-clad walls follow in a nod to the existing building on the outside, and creating generous amounts of wall space for art installations on the inside.  Where the thread moves vertically in its knot, strong connections to the city and to Inuit culture are created.  To the east, large windows offer passerby on the street a glimpse inside the centre’s studios and galleries, while users of the art gallery are treated to sweeping views of the city surrounding them, oriented toward nearby Manitoba and Winnipeg governmental and cultural landmarks.  To the north, a vertical move in the thread becomes a multi-story window looking into the history of Inuit art through the use of a visible storage wall containing thousands of Inuit sculptures, proudly on display to all users of the museum and open to the public in an open, airy atrium environment.  Where the thread flows to its end, a glass wall-clad youth studio creates an engaging connection between kids – proud of and happy to display their work on the glass wall – and passerby, who enjoy the kids’ art work as both a conversation piece and gentle reminder of the multi-award winning art gallery that exists as a timeless landmark in the heart of Winnipeg.


PROJECT TYPE
ACADEMIC STUDIO PROJECT

CONSTRUCTION TYPE
BUILDING ADDITION

INSTRUCTOR
BRIAN CAVANAUGH, AIA AIBC NCARB

LOCATION
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

YEAR
2013

EXHIBITIONS
AIA NORTHWEST & PACIFIC REGION CONFERENCE, 2013
AIA SOUTHWESTERN OREGON PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS, 2013


ANIMATED CONCEPT DIAGRAM

 

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EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC DIAGRAM

 

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TRANSVERSE SECTION

 

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LONGITUDINAL SECTION