Winners of 2008 Prairie Design Awards

Award of Excellence

Category: Recent Work

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Cohlmeyer Architects Limited

Owner/Client: Forks North Portage Partnership

Structural Engineer: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.

Civil Engineer: Manenco

Photographer: Cohlmeyer Architects Limited

The Project

Webbsite is a 7,000 sq.ft. infill condominium project in downtown Winnipeg with seven two to three storey lofts nestled between a college and an historic apartment building. it provides a catalyst for similar projects and to prove the viability of new residential developments in Winnipeg's core.

Jury Comments

There is a degree of difficulty associated with this project that should be recognized. It is quite simple in some respects but it is also sophisticated. There is a clear presentation of ‘modesty of means' to create affordable housing. It has been carried out with clarity & cost effectiveness. The dwelling units have been thoughtfully designed with due concern for privacy and yet the 2 storey unit spaces create a focus for the inhabitants. There is also a strong sense of identity and place achieved by the integration of the units on a difficult site. The inventiveness and commitment to the detailed cladding is appreciated, and certainly uncommon for ‘developer' housing.


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