platform.MIDDLE: Architecture for Housing the 99%
released at Mextropoli Architecture and City Festival.  

Veil House
is shortlisted for Completed Buildings - Villa Category at the World Architecture Festival 2023.

9th Avenue Parkade & Innovation Centre
receives Award of Merit for Urban Design Infrastructure at the AZ Awards 2023 in Toronto.

Boom Town @ The Bentway
opens in Toronto: Boom Town @ The Bentway is a winning competition proposal done in collaboration with Office In Search Of for an urban installation located under the Gardiner Expressway at York Street in Toronto, Ontario. The project is part of Waterfront ReConnect, a program that re-imagines the Gardiner at street-level, co-presented by The Bentway, the Waterfront BIA, the Toronto Downtown West BIA, and the City of Toronto.

Colin presents the keynote lecture on platform.MIDDLE: Architecture for Housing the 99% at FOCUS ON / Architecture (CDm2 Lightworks, Vancouver, BC).

9th Avenue Parkade & Innovation Centre is an AZ Awards Finalist

Beacon wins the 2022 World Architecture Festival Health category for completed buildings.

9th Ave Parkade wins a GOLD 2022 WAN Award - Transport category for completed buildings.
IW09 wins a GOLD 2022 WAN Award - Mixed Use category for future projects.

Three projects are 2022 World Architecture Festival [WAF] finalists.
James Avenue Pumping Station [Completed Buildings - New to Old]
Beacon [Completed Buildings - New]
Parkade [Completed Buildings - Transport]

Trevor Boddy's piece for Canadian Architect, "Proofing the Future: 9th Avenue Parkade + Innovation Centre, Calgary AB" included in the national publication's June Issue. 

Storefront MB hosts FRONTLINES, one of a series of events programmed as part of the Winnipeg Design Festival. The April 25th conversation will focus on adaptive reuse, downtown recovery and The Bay. 546's Colin Neufeld joins Uzoma Azagwara and Murray Peterson in conversation, moderated by former mayor Glen Murray. The event takes place at 7pm at The Curry Building, 245 Portage Ave, Winnipeg.

Johanna Hurme gives a talk alongside Shim-Sutcliffe's Brigitte Shim for Architects, not Architecture's first ever Canadian Edition. Take in the conversation by registering at 14:00 EST / 20:00 CET on Wednesday March 9, 2022. 

The Bentway Toronto announces the Waterfront ReConnect project winners: 5468796 Architecture [Winnipeg] and Office In Search Of [Toronto] will be installing BOOM TOWN at the York Street intersection under the Gardiner Expressway. Congratulations to Simcoe site winners, 02 Planning + Design, Mulvey + Banani Lighting and Entuitive for PIXEL STORY. 

5468796 Architecture launches WIND{TER} SOCKS, a 2022 Windsock project with The Forks in Winnipeg, Canada. A complement to the annual International Warming Huts Competition on Ice, Windsocks at The Forks is aimed at whimsy and public engagement along the Assiniboine River Trail each winter. 

WIND{TER} SOCKS is one part "sock-drop" and one part online donation drive. The initiative will distribute new pairs of socks dropped on location at the Nestaweya River Trail (presented by The Winnipeg Foundation) at The Forks harbour and; will collect cash donations online for the purchase of additional pairs.

Socks will be donated to community members in need.

Please donate online now! More details at

Public Presentations of the Bentway Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition finalists are held virtually. The presentations can be viewed here.

The Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition proposals are publicly released. (6) finalist proposals can be read here.

5468796 Architecture presents its mixed-use residential project, 90 Alexander, to the prestigious World Architecture Festival panel of judges. The 2021 Festival will take place on an interactive virtual platform and live streamed Dec 1-3.

5468796 and Manoeuvre Architecture publicly present their design for Bibliothèque et Espace Culturel Interarrondissement Ahuntsic-Cartierville et Montréal-Nord.

The Bentway announces the Waterfront Reconnect Design Competition finalists. 5468796 with Office In Search Of join forces for a new installation proposal under Toronto's Gardiner Expressway at York. More details on the shortlisted competitors here.

5468796 Architecture teams up with OfficeISO (Toronto) to design a public realm project below the Gardiner Expressway. The team is 1 of 6 finalists shortlisted for the Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition, and will be designing for the York Street intersection. The design competition is facilitated by The Bentway, Waterfront BIA, Toronto Downtown West BIA, and the City of Toronto.

MADAME ARCHITECT interviews Johanna Hurme on the Economics of Architecture and Advocating for Value

The World Architecture Festival announces the finalists for the 2021 Award. The firm's latest Winnipeg project, 90 Alexander, is included in the top 16 contenders worldwide for Residential Future Project. An international jury will evaluate finalists' presentations virtually in October, with the Festival being presented virtually December 1-3, 2021.

Architectural Record publishes a piece on Beacon [Calgary] in their July issue.

Design Montreal announces the shortlisted teams for a new library design and cultural space for Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Montréal-Nord. 546 partners with Manoeuvre Architecture on the competition. Public team presentations will take place October 2021.

90 Alexander and the 9th Avenue Parkade now on the website.

The Globe and Mail real estate section features multi-family residential project 62M.

" 'I think we often get accused of trying to be iconic, trying to do something shocking. This project was anything but. It was hyper logical in the sense that one step of discovery led to another. The architecture was less driven by aesthetics than thoughtful responses to site constraints and end goal market realities.' "—Johanna Hurme, interviewed by Karen Burshtein

Virtual Learning for Life | Alumni Scholars Series | UofM
"In Conversation with the partners of 5468796 architecture" 1pm CDT

62M is featured in WALLPAPER*.

The Architectural League New York will be hosting 5468796 Architecture for First Fridays - Distance Edition on February 4, 5:00pm CST / 6:00pm EST. 

More information and Zoom registration accessed here

Canadian Architect announces its 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients! On the list is 5468796 Architecture's 90 Alexander, the firm's most recent project in construction and its most recent Award of Merit by the organization.

90 Alexander is 1-part adaptive reuse and 1-part new build. The residential mixed use project plans for commercial on the ground floor and a series of public spaces throughout. Located on Waterfront Drive in Winnipeg, Canada, the new development is located a stone's throw to the east from the Historic Exchange District.

Sasa Radulovic to present at Alberta WoodSolutions Virtual Conference on Monday November 16th. See the full agenda for the conference here.

The Architectural Review announces the 2020 Winners of the AR / MIPIM Future Project Awards. IW09to be built in Inglewood, Calgary, receives High Commendation in the commercial mixed-use category. 

Colin Neufeld conducts professional masterclass – Industrial Landscapes: Mass Timber — at the University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning + Landscape.

DOMUS Guide 2020
is published in March and includes 5468796 Architecture. The top 50 list follows the publication of Domus's first edition and identifies the world's most creative, interesting and promising emerging architecture practices. The five international experts making up the selection committee are Wowo Ding, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Lesley Lokko, Rahul Mehrotra and Sarah M. Whiting.

546's Get Off Your Butt and Ski team, "Pablo Batista Commemorative," brings in a 3rd place finish! The corporate challenge took place at the Windor Park Nordic Centre on Sunday March 1 as part of the CCSAM's charitable initiative to fund inner city youth ski programming.

Principal Colin Neufeld presents the James Ave Pumping Station project for best Refurbishment project consideration at ArchMarathon's 2020 awards in Miami, Florida.

Johanna Hurme presents as part of CAFÉ PRAIRIE, an Architecture forum working toward an architecture policy for Canada. Taking place at 12 schools across the country over the course of the 2019-20 year, the forums are programmed to facilitate a national conversation to discuss and debate the role of architectural education and research in shaping Canada's future.

Azure Magazine publishes The 10 Projects That Defined a Decade of Canadian Architecture. Find 62M alongside projects by RDHA, Snøhetta and Dialog, Saunders Studio, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Patkau Architects, GH3 and more... 

RNDSQR Block - an award-winning residential / commercial mixed use project in Calgary - now on the website!

Principal Colin Neufeld of 5468796 Architecture presents the James Avenue Pumping Station Apartments for Future Residential Project consideration at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. Shortlisted amongst a tight group of contenders, the final award goes to Herzog & de Meuron.

The Canadian Architect Awards are announced - Awards of Merit to new commercial / residential development in Calgary, IW09 and to James Brittain's capture of the firm's project 62M Penthouse.

Congratulations as well to 546er Brandon Bergem, recipient of the 2019 Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence in recognition of thesis work completed at the University of Toronto.

The December awards issue of Canadian Architect is now available.

The Forks Railside Masterplan wins the Urban Design + Architecture Design Awards for Urban Planning [Concept].

546 Partner Johanna Hurme is named to the RAIC's Board of Directors, representing the SK/MB Region. The three year position commences 2020.

Princeton Architectural Press and Canadian Architect co-publish Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present. Edited by Elsa Lam and Graham Livesey, the compendium "is a comprehensive review of major work in this country. It includes 15 original essays and 500 photographs and drawings." Included is 5468796's Governor General recipient, Bloc_10

"This anthology [...] amounts to a major achievement of collective scholarship. [...] By any standards, this is an encyclopedic tour de force."
–Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University

Calgary hosts the 2019 Mayor's Urban Design Awards. LIFE is recognized in the Housing Innovation category.

Two new projects are publicly announced: 90 Alexander and Waterfront + Galt. The two sites, which include rental units and the heritage rehabilitation of Great West Metal, will be developed by RNDSQR. Read the news piece in the Winnipeg Free Press today.

The Winnipeg Design Festival opens PROTO-! The festival theme positions Winnipeg as a proto-city: a city where new ideas are encouraged and embraced, as its core urbanism. 546 appears in the following exhibits:

#POCKET, Hudson's Bay window facing the WAG
#HOUSES MAKE, 751 Corydon
#MODEL A2Gallery, University of Manitoba
#CAST, Interview with Principal Sasa Radulovic, instagram stories

Download the full schedule here.

The RAIC announces the Jury for the 2020 Governor General's Medals in Architecture. Included on the list: Alison Brooks, Johanna Hurme, Renée Mailhot, David Theodore, Isay Weinfeld. 

Cambridge Scholars publishes Innovative Solutions for Creating Sustainable Cities, edited by Dr. Sylvie Albert and launched locally at McNally Robinson. Contributors include Johanna Hurme and Shannon Wiebe of 5468796 Architecture.

Winnipeg's pumphouse apartments, currently under construction, is announced as a finalist at the World Architecture Festival. The highly anticipated James Ave Pumping Station Apartments project is shortlisted in the Residential Future Projects category. The firm will present the project live to a panel of WAF judges this December in Amsterdam as part of the festival.

State of the Nation: Manitoba is published online by Canadian Architect. Elsa Lam writes on Winnipeg, design, and 546's Railside at The Forks masterplanning project.

546 is very proud to announce four new Architects in the office: Apollo Au, Pablo Batista, Jeff Kachkan, and Kelsey McMahon were officially sworn in at the annual meeting of the Manitoba Association of Architects today.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada announces the winners of the Young Architect Award - Congratulations to 546 Associate, KEN BORTON!

The historic James Avenue Pumping Station officially welcomes Think.Shift to the building! The Winnipeg Free Press writes...

62M Condominiums is announced as a finalist in Azure Magazine's AZ Awards! The Multi-Unit Residential project is up for the People's Choice Awards - vote now!

Johanna Hurme lectures at the University of Utah College of Architecture. "Move Beyond" is the theme for the college's spring Architecture Lecture Series. 4pm, Salt Lake City, UofUCAP.

WE ARE HIRING! Looking for exceptional skills in rendering + 3D modelling [Sketchup/Vectorworks] and an August-start. More details on how to apply here.

Manager and Design Facilitator Melvin Kleinsasser of KlarTech joins Sasa Radulovic to talk ideas, design potential and fabrication at North Carolina State University, School of Architecture's Spring Lecture Series. The two have worked together on numerous architectural projects, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations to push value and innovation in built work.

Brent Bellamy's piece on 62M goes live online in AZURE! Read "A UFO-Shaped Condo Building Alights on Winnipeg's Skyline" now or pick up the Jan/Feb issue on newsstands today.

The Porter Building is awarded Heritage Winnipeg's Annual Preservation Award for 2019. 

5468796 Architecture Principal Colin Neufeld heads to Singapore to join a conversation on "High-Dense Typologies for Building Community." The joint panel is part of Future Urban Habitation Symposium 2019 and runs January 29-30. As part of the 2-day symposium, workshops with students from the Singapore University of Technology + Design and the National University of Singapore will be run by lecturers.

"Add via Edit" Morgenstern Visiting Chair Lecture, Chicago IIT. Johanna and Sasa present at 6pm, Crown Hall.

The 9th Avenue Parkade features in The Globe and Mail's Friday print of "Developers planning parkades with future flexibility." The downtown Calgary project is being designed in collaboration with Kasian Architecture.

62M selected as Best Multi-Unit Project for Azure Magazine's Top 10 Canadian Architecture Projects 2018

62M appears in Azure's Jan/Feb issue. Article by Brent Bellamy, photographs by James Brittain.

New projects added to the website: James Ave Pumping Station, Courtyard 33 and Beacon.

Canadian Architect announces the 2018 Canadian Architect Award winners. The James Avenue Pumping Station receives an Award of Merit. Detailed project features are included in the magazine's December issue.

Principal Colin Neufeld takes part in the BUILDEX Calgary conference, presenting alongside speakers Nima Javidi [Ja Architecture Studio], Ben Klumper [MoDA] and Vedran Skopac [Manasc Isaac] under Architecture Keynote session: Challenging Typologies

Canadian Architect publishes 62M on the cover of its November issue, with feature article "Add via Edit" looking back over 10 years of multi-family housing experience completed by the firm.

Principals Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic lecture at the School of Architecture, Academy of Art University in San Francisco as part of the school's Ethics + Leadership Fall Panel.

The McEwen School of Architecture's Laurentian Architecture Lecture Series presents 5468796 Architecture - 5:30pm, lecture hall amphitheatre.

The University of British Columbia's SALA presents 5468796 Architecture as part of their Friends + Alumni Lecture Series.

The firm's shortlisted project, 62M, is presented amongst top designers at the 2018 ArchMarathon Awards in Milan.

5468796 Architecture lectures in Little Rock, Arkansas for The Architecture + Design Network.

5468796 Architecture lectures at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design.

As part of The Winnipeg Design Festival + Nuit Blanche, 546 is pleased to support the [re]gard Fashion Show at the Forks' parkade rooftop. See you there!

5468796 Architecture lectures at the Interior Design Show's AZURE TALKS in Vancouver.

5468796 Architecture contributes to the Jan Gehl Luncheon "Livable Cities for the 21st Century" lecture, featuring esteemed architect + urban design consultant, Jan Gehl.

5468796 Architecture hosts a charette for city design issues with 100 University of Manitoba design students, professors, and professionals from Public City Architecture, the City of Winnipeg, Number10, Scatliff + Miller + Murray, Architecture49, Bridgman Collaborative, HTFC, Boreal Architecture Studio, Size Architecture, and 1x1 architecture.

5468796 Architecture's single family residential project, Parallelogram House, is presented with a 2018 Governor General Medal in Architecture. The Ceremony takes places at Government House and is presented by The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.

The 2018 Govenor General's Medals in Architecture public presentations featuring all 12 architectural award recipients are held at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. It is the first time the ceremony is held in Winnipeg in the history of the prestigious RAIC award [presented jointly by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Association of Architects]. The Forks was also presented with the CSLA's Project Legacy Award for Landscape Architecture.

5468796 architecture project Bloc_10 appears in Wiley's newly published Housing as Intervention: Architecture as Social Equity.

Crossroads Garden Shed announced as Architizer A+ Award People's Choice winner for +Urban Transformation!

One Bucket at a Time Winnipeg wins Gold in the International Design Award's Exhibits, Pavilions + Exhibitions category.

5468796 Architecture is announced as 1 of 4 competition winners of the Housing Northwest Arkansas Professional Design Competition. The international competition was launched by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas

Canada's Royal Architectural Institute releases the 2018 Governor General's Medals in Architecture, announcing Parallelogram House as one of twelve recipients. 

The Globe and Mail publishes on the best new buildings in Canada, as awarded by the RAIC for the 2018 Governor General's Medals in Architecture.

Canadian Architect publishes the GG award winners in its May 2018 issue.

Maples Chiropractic Clinic wins Interior Showcase at Alberta Wood Works!' Prairie Wood Design Awards.

Johanna Hurme participates in the RAIC's 2018 Awards Jury alongside Peter Busby, Andrew Batay-Csorba , Renée Mailhot and Diogo Burnay.

One Bucket at a Time Mexico nominated for ArchDaily's Building of the Year '18 in the Cultural Projects category.

Sasa Radulovic lectures at Dalhousie University's School of Architecture as part of Professional Practice Week 2018. Lecture details HERE.

Interior Design BoY Awards take place in NYC. One Bucket at a Time Mexico receives the award in the installation category.

Interior Design magazine announces the finalists for their Best of Year awards. Shortlisted in the Installation category is One Bucket at a Time Mexico, designed and presented with Factor Eficiencia and Studio NYL Engineers.

Johanna Hurme participates on the World Architecture Festival's Jury for Completed Buildings: Culture. The 10th edition of WAF took place November 15-17, 2017 in Berlin.

Crossroads Garden Shed receives Calgary's MUDA 2017 award in the Urban Fragments category;

Courtyard 33 receives an Honourable Mention in the Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Projects category.

546 presents at Toronto's 2017 POP//CAN//CRIT. Guest Speaker Johanna Hurme joins the roundtable discussion with Toon Dreessen [Dreessen Cardinal Architects], Alex Bozikovic [The Globe and Mail], Susan Algie [The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation], Shelley True [TrueDotDesign] and moderator Matthew Blackett. Friday October 27, 15:45. 

Dwell Magazine features Parallelogram House on the cover of its Nov/Dec print issue, article by Karen Burshtein. The online version can be read in full here.

5468796 presents Potential In the Margins as part of Montreal's World Design Summit, running October 16-20.

One Bucket at a Time Winnipeg opens with the Winnipeg Design Festival. Details on the installation and how to donate to the community initiative can be found at

54Disc wins the Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports Thursday Night Ultimate Summer Co-Ed Division F Championship Game!

Parallelogram House is featured in the April issue of Canadian Architect

Four new projects have been added to the website:
0510 | One Bucket at a Time
0397 | Brewery at The Forks
0439 | Guertin Cottage
0260 | Square House

One Bucket at a Time by Factor Eficiencia and 5468796 Architecture opens at Mextropoli.

Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic are appointed to the Royal Architectectural Institute of Canada College of Fellows.

Johanna Hurme is featured in Issue 1439 of The Architectural Review.

Interview with Johanna Hurme is featured in The Architectural Reivew.

Johanna Hurme is shortlisted for the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. 

Crossroads Garden Shed is featured on the cover of Architect Magazine

Brewery at The Forks wins Canadian Architect Award of Merit.

Arthur Residence wins Future Projects | House Category at World Architecture Festival.

Tweener wins Edmonton Infill Competition Open Category.

Crossroads Garden Shed receives a Platinum American Architecture Prize.

youCUBE receives a 2016 Prairie Design Award of Merit.

Six new projects have been added to the website:
0416 | Chair Your Idea
0330 | The Tree House
0259 | Parallelogram House
0393 | Lake & East Tower
0372 | Crossroads Garden Shed
0401 | Zibi Windmill Tower

OZ Condominiums is a finalist for the MCHAP.emerge prize.

548 Stradbrook Condominiums is a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Details: Architecture +Glass Category. Public voting is open until April 1st.

5468796 is announced as one of The Globe & Mail's 2015 Canadian Artists of the Year!

Bloc_10 and OMS Stage receive a Premier's Design Award of Excellence and youCUBE receives a Premier's Design Award of Merit.

Our shortlisted competition design for the Canadian Canoe Museum has been added to the website:
0409 | Canadian Canoe Museum

Do you have a creative urban idea for Winnipeg? Available to all Winnipeggers, CHAIR YOUR IDEA is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded open competition that seeks to generate 1000+ urban design ideas and $30,000+ to realize the winning idea. Get ready to submit when the competition launches on August 27th!

5468796 is shortlisted for the Canadian Canoe Museum design competition.

548 Stradbrook is featured in the March issue of The Plan.

Tree House, our new project in Toronto with Symmetry Developments and Fortress Real Developments, is featured in The Globe and Mail.

Table for 1200 is a finalist in The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Winnipeg Awards. The pop-up dinner also received the 2014 Downtown Party of the Year Award from the Downtown BIZ.

The Arthur Residence wins a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

5468796 is selected for the WAN 21 FOR 21 Award.

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

62M is featured in the Globe and Mail.

5468796 receives the 2013 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award

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

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.

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.

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

Bloc_10 wins Prairie Wood Design Award, Edmonton, AB.

5468796 lectures at the Ryerson Department of Architectural Sciences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5468796 welcomes Eva, our new office manager!

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

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

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

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

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

5468796 welcomes Jordy to the team!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

5468796 welcomes Jayne to the team!

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

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]

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

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

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

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


5468796 wins a 2010 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Bloc10

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

5468796 welcomes Maria to the team!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BGBX is awarded a 2010 P/A Award.

YouCube is awarded a 2009 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.

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

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

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!

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

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

0126 Square Meal | project added

0000 General | 5468796 is 2.

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

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

0000 General | Office_v3. We've expanded.

0000 General | Happy New Year!

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




Veil House
| World Architecture Festival | Shortlist, Completed Buildings, Villa Category
Johanna Hurme, Sasa Radulovic, Colin Neufeld | UM Distinguished Alumni for Professional Achievement
9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | AZ Awards 2023 | Award of Merit, Urban Design Infrastructure

Beacon | World Arch Festival Completed Project | Winner [Health Category]
9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | WAN Awards, Transportation, Gold
9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | The Plan Awards, Transport
62M | Prairie Design Awards | Award of Merit
James Ave Pumping StationWorld Arch Festival Completed Project | Finalist
9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | World Arch Festival Completed Project | Finalist
9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | Consulting Engineers of Alberta | Commercial Building Engineering | Award of Merit
9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | Prairie Design Awards | Award of Merit
The Bentway Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition | York Site Winner

The Bentway Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition 
| Finalist
90 Alexander | World Arch Festival Future Project | Finalist
Beacon | Prairie Wood Design Awards | Commercial

90 Alexander
| Canadian Architect Awards | Award of Merit
Wellington (concrete) by Lisa Stinner-Kun | Canadian Architect Photo Award of Merit
IW09 | AR MIPIM Future Project Award | Highly Commended, Commercial Mixed-Use
James Ave Pumping Station | ArchMarathon - Refurbishment | shortlist

Penthouse, 62M by James Brittain | Canadian Architect Photo Award of Merit
RNDSQR Block | IW09 | Canadian Architect Award of Merit
Forks Railside Masterplan | Urban Design and Architecture Design Award Winner
LIFE | Calgary Mayor's Urban Design Awards | Honourable Mention, Housing Innovation
James Ave Pumping Station Apts | World Arch Fest Finalist | Residential Future Project
Ken Borton | RAIC Young Architect Award
62M | AZ Awards | Multi-Family Residential Finalist
Porter Building | Winnipeg Heritage Annual Preservation Award

James Avenue Pumping Station
| Canadian Architect Awards | Award of Merit
62M | ArchMarathon Awards 2018 | Finalist, Multi-Family Residential
Crossroads Garden Shed | Architizer A+ People's Choice Winner 2018 | +Urban Transformation
One Bucket at a Time Wpg | International Design Awards 2017 | Gold, Exhibits + Pavilions
Housing Northwest Arkansas Professional Design Competition | Site 3 Winner
Parallelogram House | RAIC Governor General's Medal in Architecture
Maples Chiropractic Clinic | Prairie Wood Design Awards | Interior Showcase Winner
One Bucket at a Time | ArchDaily Building of the Year '18 | Cultural Project Nominee

One Bucket at a Time
| Interior Design BoY Awards | Installation Category Winner
Crossroads Garden Shed | Calgary MUDA 2017 | Urban Fragments Winner
Courtyard33 | Calgary MUDA 2017 | Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Projects | Honourable Mention
Brewery at the Forks | ArchMarathon | Visioning Category Shortlist
One Bucket at a Time | Glocal | Premio Noldi Schreck | 2nd place Arquitectura Efímera
Parallelogram House AR House Awards | Shortlist
Johanna Hurme | Women in Architecture Awards | Moira Gemmill Prize | Shortlist

Brewery at The Forks 
| Canadian Architect Award of Merit
Arthur Residence
World Architecture Festival | Future Projects | House | Winner
Tweener Edmonton Infill Competition | Open Category | Winner
Crossroads Garden Shed
| American Architecture Prize | Platinum Winner
OMS Stage | American Architecture Prize | Honorable Mention, Small Architecture
youCUBE | Prairie Design Award of Merit
OZ Condominiums
| MCHAP.emerge Finalist

| The Globe & Mail 2015 Canadian Artist of the Year
548 Stradbrook Condominiums | Architizer A+ Awards Finalist
Bloc_10 | Premier's Design Award of Excellence
OMS Stage | Premier's Design Award of Excellence
youCUBEPremier's Design Award of Merit
Canadian Canoe Museum | Competition Finalist
Windmill - Zibi Mixed-Use Tower | Competition Finalist
| Architizer A+ Awards | Multi-Unit Housing | Special Mention
Table for 1200
Spirit of Winnipeg Awards | Finalist

Arthur Residence | Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
AGGV | World Architecture Festival | Future Project of the Year
AGGV | World Architecture Festival | Category Winner
Table for 1200 | Downtown BIZ Awards | Downtown Party of the Year
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

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

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
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

 | 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

| 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



Publications & Features

platform.MIDDLE: Architecture for Housing the 99% | September
Boom Town | Winnipeg Free Press | August
Veil House | ArchDaily | August
Veil House | Premier Construction | August
Veil House | The Globe & Mail | July
Boom Town @ The Bentway | Canadian Architect | June
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | AZ Awards 2023 | June
5468796: 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award for Profession Achievement | UM Today | June
Veil House | Dezeen | June
Boom Town @ The Bentway | The Bentway | June
90/100 Alexander | Winnipeg Free Press | May
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Montreal's Industrial Projects: Handbooks of Best Practices of Design and Architecture Quality, Handbook 3 - Exemplary Projects Illustrating Best Practices | May
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | METALOCUS | May
Veil House | Wallpaper* | April
62M | DETAIL | March
Veil House | AZURE | January

James Avenue Pumping Station | Canadian Interiors | November
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre, 62M | Journal of Commerce | October
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre, 62M | Canadian Architect | October
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Macleans | October
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | DETAIL | October
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Gray Magazine | October
62M | The Winnipeg Free Press | September
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Global Design News | September
Beacon | Canadian Architect | August
Beacon | Architect | August
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre
| The Plan International Panorama | vol. 2
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | AZURE | August
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | The Plan | July
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Canadian Architect | June
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Avontuura | June
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Brandon Donnelly | May
9th Ave Parkade + Innovation Centre | Architectural Record | May
62M | StirWorld | April
62M | Contemporist | March
62M | Architect | March
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | CBC | March
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | Bentway | March
Windter Socks | CBC | February
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | Daily Hive, Urbanized | January
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | Urban Toronto | January
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | BUILDING | January
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | Daily Commercial News | January
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | BlogTO | January
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | Canadian Architect | January

| Winnipeg Free Press | December
Bentway Waterfront Reconnect | Construction Canada | November
ReTree Winnipeg | La Liberté | September
Beacon | AZURE | July
Johanna Hurme | Madame Architect | July
62M | Divisare | July
9th Avenue Parkade + Innovation Centre | The Globe and Mail | July
Beacon | Architectural Record | July
62M | Avontuura | May
62M | Globe and Mail | April
62M | Arquine | April
Beacon | Globe and Mail | April
62M | Wallpaper* | February

90 Alexander | Canadian Architect | December
James Ave Pumping Station | Construct Connect | November
Pandemic Pulse | Canadian Architect | November
9th Avenue Parkade + Innovation Centre | Calgary Sun | August
9th Avenue Parkade + Innovation Centre | CMLC | summer
9th Avenue Parkade + Innovation Centre | LiveWire Calgary | July
5468796 Interview | Nimble Urbanism | Azure | July
5468796 Interview | 360 Degree City Podcast | May
5468796 | Canadian Architect | DOMUS | March
5468796 | DOMUS Guide 2020 | top 50 firms worldwide | March
OMS Welcome Place | Architectural Digest | January
IW09 | Calgary Herald | January
Johanna Hurme | RAIC Board | Daily Commercial News | January

| AZURE | 10 Projects that Defined a Decade | December
RNDSQR Block | IW09 | Canadian Architect | December
The Forks Sauna, Changeroom | Winnipeg Free Press | November
LIFE MUDA Awards | Journal of Commerce | November
CY33 | The Globe and Mail | November
LIFE MUDA Awards | City of Calgary | October
Bloc_10 | Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present | October
90 Alexander | Winnipeg Free Press | October
Ken Borton | Young Architect Award | Canadian Architect | October
CY33 | Salt Wire | September
Innovative Solutions for Creating Sustainable Cities | Cambridge Scholars | September
Parallelogram House | Dwell | July
CY33 | Beta Canada | July
James Ave Pumping Station Apts | WAF Finalists | July
Railside at The Forks | Canadian Architect | July
62m | Azure Magazine Awards | June
Ken Borton | Young Architect Award | Canadian Architect | June
Ken Borton | Young Architect Award | Winnipeg Free Press | June
James Ave Pumping Station | Skyrise Cities | May
James Ave Pumping Station | Winnipeg Free Press | April
9th Ave Parkade | Parker Magazine | April
Warehouse 1885 | Winnipeg Free Press | April
9th Ave Parkade | Architectural Record | March
James Ave Pumping Station | Journal of Commerce | March
Courtyard 33 | Calgary Herald | January
9th Ave Parkade | The Globe and Mail | January 
| AZURE | January/February

| Modern in Denver | December
5468796 | CHIC by le germaine | Fall Winter
62M | Azure | Top 10 Canadian Architecture 2018 | December
James Avenue Pumping Station | Canadian Architect | December
9th Ave Parkade | The Globe and Mail | November
Courtyard 33 | The Calgary Herald | November
62M + 5468796 | Canadian Architect | November
Courtyard 33 | The Globe and Mail | October
Top Firm Listing | Archdaily World's Best Architects | October
One Bucket at a Time | Vectorworks 2018-19 Feature | October
5468796 in Venice | Canadian Architect | September
Bloc_10 | Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity | Architectural Design, Wiley | August
Parallelogram House | UM Today | July
Parallelogram House | Avontuura | July
Housing NWA Design Competition | UofA | May
Parallelogram House | ArchDaily | May
Parallelogram House | Archello | May
Housing NWA Design Competition | Archinect | May
Housing NWA Design Competition | Canadian Architect | May
Housing NWA Design Competition | University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Design | May
Parallelogram House | Winnipeg Free Press | May
Parallelogram House | Glocal | May
Parallelogram House | Dezeen | May
Parallelogram House | Canadian Architect | May
Parallelogram House | Globe and Mail | May
Parallelogram House | RAIC | May
9th Avenue Parkade + Innovation Centre | Winnipeg Free Press | March
Multi-Family Housing in Calgary | The Globe and Mail | February
One Bucket at a Time $10K Donation Campaign | CBC News | February
62M | Winnipeg Free Press | January
One Bucket at a Time | gooood Hong Kong | January
One Bucket at a Time | Divisare | January

One Bucket at a Time | Interior Design | BoY Awards | December
Parallelogram House | ARQA
Guertin Cottage | The Globe and Mail | November
Parallelogram House | Dwell Online | Nov/Dec
Parallelogram House | Dwell | Nov/Dec
One Bucket at a Time | Design Curial | October
One Bucket at a Time | ArchDaily | September
One Bucket at a Time Inhabitat | August
One Bucket at a Time Estilo Propio | August
One Bucket at a Time | DesignBoom | August
One Bucket at a Time | Azure | August
One Bucket at a Time Contemporist | August
One Bucket at a Time Architect | August
Parallelogram House Architectural Review | July
5468796 Azure | June
One Bucket at a Time | Interior Design | June
5468796 Azure | June
One Bucket at a Time Specifier | May
Crossroads Garden Shed | AMC France | May
Parallelogram House | Canadian Architect | April
One Bucket at a Time | Arquine | March
One Bucket at a Time | archdaily | March
Johanna Hurme The Architectural Review | March
5468796 Dezeen | March
Johanna Hurme | The Architectural Review | March
Johanna Hurme Canadian Architect | February
Tapped/Untapped | Canadian Architect | January
Crossroads Garden Shed | Architect Magazine | January
OMS Stage + Table for 1200 | Happening 2 | FRAME | January

Brewery at The Forks Canadian Architect | December
OZ Condominiums | Canadian Architect | March
5468796 | SPACE Magazine | January
5468796 | Globe and Mail | January

5468796 | Globe and Mail | December
OZ Condominiums | Architectural Record | Oct
youCUBE | Yapi | Sept
Maples Chiropractic | Canadian Interiors | May
youCUBE | ID+C | April
548 Stradbrook | The Plan | March
The Tree House Globe and Mail | Feb

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

The Avenue on Portage
Architectural Record | Editors' Picks
Bloc_10 | Arketipo - Housing | Sept
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

Bloc_10 | Architectural Review | Dec
Manitoba Start Interior Design | Nov
Migrating Landscapes | Canadian 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

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

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

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



Exhibitions & Lectures

Mextropoli Architecture and City Festical | platform.MIDDLE: Architecture for Housing the 99% | September 22-25
NORR ed | platform.MIDDLE: Architecture for Housing the 99% | September 19
StorefrontMB | Values for a Livable City: Priorities | September 14
IBA'27 Festival, International Building Exhibition, Stuttgart | 9th Ave Parkade & Innovation Centre | June 23 - July 23
CDm2 Lightworks | FOCUS ON / Architecture | April 20

Metropolitan University of Toronto | Arch Science Lecture Series | Nov 10
in situ studio, Raleigh, NC | real matter | July 27
Chicago Architecture Center | Vincent Scully Lecture Series | July 30
Cornell AAP | Johanna Hurme: Practice Ecosystem | Apr 27
Storefront MB, Winnipeg Design Festival | Frontlines | Apr 25
Atmosphere14 UofM | + HOUSING: Living Together Again | Mar 11
Architects, not Architecture | Canadian Edition | Mar 9
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design | Exploring Design Practices | Feb 9
Forks River Trail WINDSOCKS 2022 | Jan/Feb

Ontario Association of Architects | Thinking Big, Building Small: A Toolkit for Developers & Community Members | Nov 17
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design | Professional Practice | Apr 8
University of Manitoba | Virtual Learning for Life | 5468796 | Mar 31
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design | Professional Practice | Mar 3
University of Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment | Current Work | Feb 5
Architectural League NY | First Friday Distance Edition No. 01 | Feb 4
Forks River Trail WINDSOCKS 2021 | Jan/Feb
Forks River Trail Warming Hut SUNSPOT | Jan/Feb

Alberta Woodworks WoodSolutions Conference | Nov 16-20
Café Prairie Forum | Architecture Policy for Canada | Feb 28

 | Winnipeg Design Festival | HBC | Sep 26-29
PROTO- #HOUSES | Winnipeg Design Festival | MAKE | Sep/Dec
PROTO- #MODEL | Winnipeg Design Festival | A2G | Sep 26-29 
PROTO- #CAST | Winnipeg Design Festival | online interview

Fort Rouge East Fort Garry Community Town Hall | Nov 9
BUILDEX Calgary Keynote | Nov. 7
Edmonton Urban Design Awards | Jury Presentations + Panel | Oct 4
University of South Florida Spring Lecture Series
| Tampa FL | May 3
platform.MIDDLE Housing Symposium | Chicago IL | Apr 12-13
University of Utah Lecture Series | Move Beyond | Apr 8
NC State Spring Lecture Series | with Melvin Kleinsasser | Mar 18
AIA Minnesota | Lake Superior | Mar 1-2
Future Urban Habitation Symposium | Singapore | Jan 29-30
Morgenstern Chair Lecture, IIT Chicago | Jan. 28

Housing NWA Competition Exhibition | Fayetteville AR | May 10
Culture of 5: A Gaze Behind the Practice | UofM A2G Exhibit | Jan/Feb

BUILDEX Calgary | Calgary AB | Nov. 8
Academy of Art, School of Architecture | San Francisco CA | Nov 7
McEwen School of Architecture | Laurentian University | Oct 18
UBC SALA | Vancouver BC | Oct. 15
The Architecture + Design Network | Little Rock AR | Oct 9
Fay Jones School of Architecture | Fayetteville AR | Oct 8
Azure Talks at the Interior Design Show | Vancouver BC | Sep 21
Celebrate Architecture | AIA Lecture Series | Baton Rouge LA | Apr 20
Instantanés d'architectures | Université Laval QC | Apr 5
Professional Practice Week | Dalhousie SoA | Halifax NS | Jan 18

One Bucket at a Time | Winnipeg Design Festival | Sep 13 - 30
One Bucket at a Time | Mextropoli 2017 | Mar 11 - 14
Tapped/Untapped | Toronto Design Offsite Festival | Jan 17 - 22

Crossing Boundaries | ACSA Conference | Albuquerque | Nov 4
POP // CAN // CRIT | Toronto | Oct 27
World Design Summit | Montréal | Oct 17
CANU9 | Canadian Urbanism Conference | Winnipeg | Sep 14
TEDxWinnipeg | Winnipeg | Jun 6
Low Carbon Symposium | UK-China CCUS Centre | China | Apr 6
FRONTlines | StorefrontMB Discussion Series | Winnipeg | Mar 29
AIA Omaha Lecture Series | Feb 16
Iowa State University College of Design | Feb 15
University of Manitoba | ED50 Lecture Series | Feb 9

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Lecture Series
| Sep 28
dTalks | Calgary | Sep. 26
Trends Conference | Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce | Sep 13
Nordic Pavilion | Venice Biennale in Architecture | Jun 27
Mies Crown Hall of the Americas Prize | Finalists Presentation | Apr 1
Mextropoli 2016 | Van Alen Institute | Mexico City | Mar 7

BUILD | University of Manitoba ARCH 2 Gallery | Winnipeg | Nov 24

University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture Lecture Series | Nov 24
Alaska Design Forum | Oct 5-7
Lulu Series: Art in the City
| May 14
Women in Architecture Vancouver Lecture | Mar 4
Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series | Feb 6
Clemson University School of Architecture | Jan 14

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
AIA State Conference | Phoenix, AZ | Oct 23
NCC Urbanism Lab Event : Design Excellence | Oct 3
Woodbury University Lecture Series | Sep 26
Rice University | Spotlight: The RDA Prize Lecture | Sep 9
RAIC Festival | May 28-31
IIT MCHAP.emerge Symposium | May 20
Governor General's Medals Lecture | Ottawa, ON | May 12
Banff Sessions | May 2 - 3
BONDMULTI 2014 | Apr 24 - 27
NZIA Speaker Series | Mar 26 - 28
PrefabNZ 2014 Conference | Auckland, NZ | Mar 26 - 28

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

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

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

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



Community Involvement

5468796 Architecture is committed to promoting design culture and design-related initiatives within our community. The firm is interested in supporting organizations and events that help advance awareness and appreciation of good design. 

Please send all sponsorship / donation inquiries and requests to

ReTree | 2021
Cool Gardens | 2021
Windsock | Warming Huts 2021
Sunspot v2.0 | Warming Huts 2021
Cool Gardens | 2020
Walk Winnipeg | 2019
Bijou pop-up box | 2018
Design Quarter Winnipeg | 2018-ongoing
Food for Thought Series [Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce] | 2017
One Bucket at a Time Winnipeg | 2017
One Bucket at a Time Mexico City | 2017
Chair Your Idea | 2015-2016
Table for 1200 | 2014
Table for 12 | 2013-2014
Square Meal | 2009

Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, UofM
Canadian Architecture Student Association
Art City
Main Street Project
Inner City Youth Alive

Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, UofM
Children's Heritage Fund
IDE International Development Enterprises Association
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Center
Made with Love, Winnipeg
Hey Neighbour, Victoria
Upside Down Tree
Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation | DQW membership + A+DFF
Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, UofM
Environmental Design Program, Faculty of Architecture, UofM | event
CCSAM, Get Off Your Butt + Ski Challenge | corporate challenge
BEA Prairies
Canada Helps Accountable Development Works | architecture student scholarship
MS Bike | corporate challenge
Jarvis Ave Artist Relief
Winnipeg Design Festival

Plug In Gallery | DQW membership
Martha Street Studio | DQW membership
Art City | fundraising event
Upside Down Tree | general + event

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation | DQW membership + A+DFF
StorefrontMB Commerce Design Winnipeg | design awards
Design Quarter Winnipeg [DQW] | community initiatives + printing
Environmental Design Program, Faculty of Architecture, UofM | event
Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, UofM | publication
WDF | One Bucket at a Time Winnipeg design + installation
Ayuda y Solidaridad de las Niñas de la Calle | project + campaign
Westminster Housing Society Inc | general
Art City | fundraising event
Plug In Gallery | DQW membership
Martha Street Studio | DQW membership
Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition [MEME] | installation competition

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation | DQW membership + A+DFF
Design Quarter Winnipeg [DQW] | community initiatives + printing
Warehouse Journal, Faculty of Architecture, UofM | publication
One Bucket at a Time, Mexico City | design + installation
Border Crossings | fundraising gala
CCSAM, Get Off Your Butt + Ski Challenge | corporate challenge
The Winnipeg Foundation | general
Plug In Gallery | DQW membership
Martha Street Studio | DQW membership
Art City | fundraising event



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Calgary, AB

  • Client:
    Project Type:


    CMLC + CPA
    with Kasian as Architect of Record
    parkade & innovation centre | complete 2021
    parkade and mixed use commercial
    300,000 sqft parkade and 50,000 sqft innovation centre
    2022 Architecture Masterprize
    2022 WAN Awards, Transportation, Gold
    2022 The Plan Awards, Transport
    2022 World Architecture Festival | Completed Project | Finalist
    2022 Consulting Engineers of Alberta | Commercial Building Engineering | Award of Merit
    2022 Prairie Design Award of Merit

Great public infrastructural projects provide fundamental services for cities that increase the quality of life for their users. As means of transportation evolve, how can these projects remain essential over time? Parkade of the Future approaches this issue by designing multiple futures for a singular purpose building. CMLC (Calgary Municipal Land Corporation) and the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) commissioned 5468796 Architecture as Design Architects to design a ‘parkade of the future’ for a 2.25 acre site on 9th Avenue in Calgary’s East Village. The project consists of a 510 stall garage that anticipates converting into office, light industrial or residential typologies based on future needs.

The robust design strategy allows for gradual or wholesale change into any other use – the clear structural span of concrete combined with universal load-bearing capacity resulted in minimal cost ramifications while enabling multiple futures.

The structure’s first life as a 300,000 sqft parkade and 55,000 sqft innovation centre is marked by several high level aspirations that seek to reimagine the formulaic approach of the parkade typology. To transform both the vehicular parking circuit and the user experience from one of conventional, utilitarian function to one with rich, unexpected qualities, key typology-questioning approaches are pursued. High floor-to-floor height, 40 foot shallow floor plates, light-washed pedestrian- forward routes, elevated views in all directions, clear and simple wayfinding and straightforward, single- direction circulation come together to create a delight- full destination within a parking-heavy programme. Vehicular access, centred on the property and aligned with 3rd Street SE, is flanked by pedestrian entrances and activities, which animate the frontage along 9th Avenue SE and frame the southern edge of the developing East Village.

*Photography by James Brittain Photography

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Veil House

Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:


    XYZ Design Inc. (interiors)
    complete 2022
    single family residence
    5145 sqft incl. basement + 590sqft attached garage
    2023 World Architecture Festival Shortlist, Completed Buildings Villa

In a prairie-value, conservative-minded early 20th century Winnipeg suburb composed primarily of large-scale, traditional-style dwellings, our clients sought a home in which to age in place and to enjoy a high degree of both airiness and privacy.

Veil House is arranged on a loose nine-square grid organized around a central courtyard. The residence is configured as a series of free-flowing open living spaces, (living, family, dining, kitchen, circulation) framed by solid utility blocks, (washroom, laundry, fireplace, storage, appliances). This interplay eliminates the need for walls and doors.

The house is situated at grade — rare for a city that receives large amounts of snowfall — with an interior ramp that enables universal access across two floors. This floating feature ascends from the main level, allowing natural light into the basement while providing emergency egress. Firmly planting the main floor at grade results in a seamless extension of the interior spaces to the courtyard and surrounding yard.

The blocks and ramp are blanketed by a weathered steel veil. ‘Propped’ up by the utility blocks, the veil follows the ramp, starting at ground level spiralling up and peeling off the wall to enclose the private patio on top of the garage. Strategically perforated over windows and balconies, the veil creates a sense of wonder and curiosity from the street, while elegantly filtering daylight into the interiors and allowing those inside to view the outside world without being seen.

Veil House functions as both architecture and sculpture, drawing connections between architecture and industry, structure and decoration, retreat, and expression.

*Photography by James Brittain Photography

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Boom Town

Toronto, ON

  • Client:

    Project Type:

    The Bentway, Waterfront BIA, Toronto Downtown West BIA and City of Toronto
    Office In Search Of
    complete 2023
    urban installation
    four bents and three boom lifts

Boom Town at the Bentway welcomes people of Toronto’s Lake Shore Boulevard and York Street intersection to the waterfront with a cast of characters that animate the site with personality and delight. A blue “stage” and a trio of “Bent Buddies” bring life to the gateway underneath the Gardiner Expressway, transforming the passage from an aging infrastructural giant into a playful experience for pedestrians and commuters alike.

The design responded to a call for temporary urban installations that would elevate the thoroughfare experience for both improved safety and enjoyment. Boom Town re-imagines the use of boom lifts and highway supports known as 'bents' characteristic of this often residual urban space.

Boom lifts are ubiquitously required for maintenance and repair of the expressway’s concrete and steel infrastructure. Largely unnoticed, they are always in a supporting role but never the main act. Revitalized with a fresh paint job, vinyl wrap, and seasonal costumes, ordinary machines are brought to life as the “Bent Buddies”, brand ambassadors for the Bentway. Inspired by their figural and anthropomorphic nature, the lifts are transformed from observers to actors in the theatre of the street.

  As a backdrop to their antics, the bents are painted a vibrant blue and wrapped in a chrome gradient pattern that captures and reflects sunlight during the day and the headlamps of passing cars at night. Referencing the Bentway logo, the icon is utilized for the way-finding signage on the columns and the boom's patterned costumes. The multiple and varied applications create a cohesive identity.

Boom Town will remain in place until 2025, when the section of the Gardiner Expressway overhead undergoes repairs.

*Photography by Remi Carreiro and Samuel Engelking © The Bentway

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90 Alexander

Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:


    adaptive reuse, mixed use residential/commercial
    140035 sqft new residential + 18940 sqft heritage commercial + 6525 sqft new commercial
    2021 World Arch Festival Future Project Finalist
    2020 Canadian Architect Award of Merit

Positioned between a recent condominium development to the south and the historically protected Eaton’s Warehouse building to the north, the 90 Alexander site today is expansive but narrow, and is one of the last remaining properties on the coveted Waterfront Drive [former rail line]. Running almost 330 feet east to west and approximately 150 feet north to south, it presents a challenging lot depth that required optimized configuration and building efficiency considerations.

A new 7-storey building winds around the existing brick structure, exposing all sides of the original building as an homage to its original free-standing form [uniquely, the entire building was constructed using face brick and remains in excellent repair after 115 years]. The building’s geometry maximizes the site density while creating a series of high quality public spaces. Defined through interplay of old and new these spaces vary in scale, light conditions, and compressed or expansive nature, offering opportunities for commerce and city building at different scales.

*Renderings and diagrams by 5468796 architecture.

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Calgary, AB

  • Client:
    Project Type:

    design development
    adaptive reuse, mixed use residential/commercial
    165190 sqft + 7350 sqft heritage
    2020 AR Future Project Award | Highly Commended, Commercial Mixed Use
    2019 Canadian Architect Award of Merit

IW09, also known as RNDSQR Block, is an iconic mixed use project, woven carefully into the existing neighbourhood of Inglewood, Calgary. Prominently placed, it enhances urban life through a series of new exterior amenities while achieving density of use through 24/7/365 commercial, office, and residential programs. The existing 2-3 storey street fabric is being replaced by mid-rise structures. In correspondence, three floors of commercial retail build up from the sidewalk, referencing the scale and height of the Historic Building. Residential floors are stepped up and back from street level, achieved by twisting the entire form away from the Historic Building on the site’s Southwest corner, and the Lawn Bowling court to the Northeast. This cuts away overall mass, creates visual relief, and effectively ’thins’ out the tall portion of the building for residential use. The building form is shaped by site responses and to reduce its impact on adjacent properties. Maintained as a point of interest along the sidewalk, the renovated Heritage Building injects new life through universal access, roof activation, and via a new forecourt at its side. The remaining spaces extend public sidewalks through a diagrid arcade, with select elements removed to reveal building entrances on both streets, every corner, and the Public Lane. The 360 degree building design makes this possible by eliminating facade hierarchy and responding to each corner and public throughway.

*Renderings and diagrams by 5468796 architecture.

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James Ave Pumping Station

Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:

    Project Type:

    Alston Properties
    phase 1 | complete 2018
    phase 2 | complete 2019
    phase 3 | construction
    $22 M
    adaptive reuse, mixed use commercial/residential
    18000 sqft + 37500 sqft addition
    2020 ArchMarathon Finalist, Refurbishment
    2019 WAF Future Project Finalist, Residential
    2018 Canadian Architect Award of Merit

Slated for demolition after 17 attempts to revive the historic structure over the last 14 years, the James Avenue Pumping Station was successfully preserved through the development of a financial / building pro forma that would make it financially feasible. While the existing building’s foundation was not capable of supporting the construction of additional floors on top of the Pumphouse, a gantry crane capacity allowed for a new floor within the existing building. Incorporated as tenancy, this left the pumps on the main floor free and clear of complicated programming as proposed in previous revitalization attempts, and instead distinguished its adaptive reuse as one that celebrates the existing while creating a viable future life.

The development resulted in 10,500 sqft of elevated main floor commercial space and 3,000 sqft of ground level commercial space facing Waterfront Drive. On either side of the historic pumphouse three new 6 storey residential buildings will be constructed. They will be located 20 ft away from the existing building creating new ’streets’ that respect the original pumphouse and expand the ground floor store frontages. This multi-faceted, mixed-use development is the first proposal on the site that has gained the support of the community at large, the neighbouring condominium complexes and the historic buildings committee at the City of Winnipeg.

In keeping with the utilitarian nature of the original design, the new builds book-end the existing structure and subtly support its aesthetic through deliberately simple, modular forms. With views directed to the historical centre of the site, its storied past is highlighted and the human scale of a new perspectives can be seen in the approach to the site, the neighbouring exterior walkways, and the intimate alleyways formed between the old and new facades.

*Renderings and diagrams by 5468796 architecture. Photographs by James Brittain Photography except as noted.

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Calgary, AB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    $12 M
    2 storey commercial + underground parkade
    25300 sqft + 32000 sqft parkade
    2022 World Architecture Festival Completed Project | Winner [Health Category]
    2021 Prairie Wood Design Awards, Commercial

Beacon is a health oriented commercial building that centres around a purpose-designed skin clinic. The building features three clinics [medical dermatology, aesthetic, and rheumatology] at the second storey level, retail units at grade, on top of underground parking.

Analysis of the building’s primary function revealed the importance of light modulation for a variety of processes and procedures in the clinic. The design evolves around different ways of bringing natural light into the spaces while reducing direct exposure to sun and glare: a tall clerestory perimeter that washes light against the roof’s light wooden undercroft; cut-away balconies at corners that softly light corridor spaces; strategically placed skylights; and a central lightwell that extends down through the two upper floors and pierces the parkade with light.

The interior centrepiece of Beacon is the multi-level lightwell that allows sunlight to travel through the building core all the way to the parkade, transforming the building’s inner experience for visitors from the very first point of arrival. The lightwell, enhanced with boreal landscape features, radiates into adjacent spaces in 360 degrees and embodies the natural and healthy ethos that the centre represents. Open to the sky, tall vegetation is envisioned to green the column and animate the interior life of the building.

On the top floor, a sequence of light-filled spaces is defined by a wood beam system, creating ceiling coffers and providing sound separation between rooms. Hundreds of micro-layers of laminated wood are stacked to form the monumental beams that reach down from the ceiling and form a datum grid. This grid supports the convex arc of the roof undercroft, which bows upward to meet the roofline at its perimeter and draws in a wash of natural light.

*Photographs by James Brittain Photography, diagrams by 5468796 architecture.

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Courtyard 33

Calgary, AB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    $15.5 M
    mixed-use [residential/commercial]
    72500 sqft + 32000 sqft parkade
    2017 Calgary MUDA Honourable Mention / Theoretical Urban Design Project

Courtyard 33, also known as CY33, is a six storey mixed-use building located at the corner of a gateway intersection to the emerging Marda Loop area of Calgary. The proposed development consists of ground floor commercial space with five levels of multi-family housing above, served by two levels of underground parking.

The building design carves into the large mass afforded by the 150 foot x 120 foot lot to introduce an elevated courtyard on the second floor where residents can connect and neighbourhood life can thrive. The public courtyard is accessed via two staircases, one from the main thoroughfare and one from the backlane. The primary staircase is treated as a grand entrance with a mix of landscaping and bleacher-style seating. Two additional commercial spaces open onto the courtyard, and spatial programming is flexible to encourage use by community members.

Residential units vary from one-bedroom suites to two-bedroom homes, providing attainable housing options for both individuals and families. Innovation and efficiency come through the implementation of a skip-stop corridor design. While multi-family buildings are typically designed as double-loaded corridors, the skip-stop strategy incorporates two-storey, through-units accessed via a private staircase. This arrangement serves to eliminate corridors on alternating floors and increases saleable area, while also improving cross-ventilation and access to daylight in many of the suites. A variety of conditions are necessary to meet setback requirements on each facade. The checkered [cellular] approach achieved through alternating composition of balconies and solid walls on all facades permits inflections at each cell, allowing the design to meet zoning bylaws while maintaining the uniform nature of the building. Increasing setbacks on upper levels, inset balconies that alternate positions on each floor, and exterior exit stairs also serve to reduce the overall building mass and draw more daylight into the building.

*Renderings and diagrams by 5468796 architecture.

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Maples Chiropractic Clinic

Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Dr. Gilbert Miranda
    commercial clinic
    2900 sqft
    2018 Prairie Wood Design Award

Maples Chiropractic is a busy clinic that recently relocated to an existing one storey strip mall in Winnipeg’s suburban Maples neighbourhood. The design-aware client wanted to refine the aesthetic experience of the clinic so that the space itself reflected the holistic, health-conscious ideology of the practice.

The project’s limited square footage is maximized through the introduction of a central spine rendered in standard dimensional lumber. The ends of the lumber are left exposed to best present the natural beauty of the material. The spine spans the length of the clinic and houses a number of functions, facilitating the sequential circulation of clients as they progress through different stages of treatment, beginning with the entry vestibule and intake area, and concluding with the follow up booking area.

The treatment rooms are organized along one side of the spine, with reception and adjustments along the other. A staff room and utility functions are housed at the back of the space.

Throughout the clinic, a modern material palette creates a simple and soothing effect; the presence of wood lends warmth and comfort, while white walls and glass make the best use of limited incoming daylight.

*Photographs and diagrams by 5468796 architecture.

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Crossroads Garden Shed

Calgary, AB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
    community garden pavilion
    320 sqft
    2018 ArchitizerA+ | +Urban Transformation
    2017 Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Award
    2016 Platinum American Architecture Prize

The Crossroads Garden Shed demonstrates the value and capacity of architecture to transform communities with even the smallest of briefs. Intended to supply a growing neighbourhood with a simple storage structure for gardening tools and outdoor furniture, the original vision shifted drastically when re-approached as a unique opportunity to enhance the pedestrian realm. This discovery led to a rigorous design process, developing the project into much more than initially imagined, and activating the area for residents and visitors.

Inherently stable and waterproof structures, three 8 foot x 10 foot shipping containers establish the base structure. Selected for their utilitarian nature and in response to the brief and budget, these were placed to create intimate spaces in-between, while the overall structure acts as a threshold between the street, gardens, and play area. One container is a tool shed, the initial programme requirement, while the remaining two provide additional storage and programmable space, critical to evolving the structure into a civic amenity.

The containers are Cor-ten steel, making it a natural choice for the whole structure. Their corrugated geometry is ’multiplied’ and ’stretched’ through layering Cor-ten plates and expanded metal mesh, consequently softening the structure’s appearance. An oblong grid of hexagonal Cor-ten shapes create a domed surface to gather within; steel honeycombs open skyward in vertical flues and, connected by an overhead trellis, dapple the ground below with light.

The final design is the product of a formulaic analysis which optimizes both budget and design for the largest civic impact possible. The project focus is not only its merits as an object but the ability of the spaces between to foster community. The re-imagined SHED is a civic attraction that lends itself to further programming as the area grows and includes areas for work, shelter and relaxation.

*Photographs by 5468796 architecture except as noted.

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One Bucket at a Time

Mexico City, MX

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Mextropoli 2017
    public pavilion
    2,500 five gallon Buckets
    2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year nominee
    2017 IDA Design Awards | Arch Pavilions
    2017 Glocal Premio Noldi Schreck finalist
    2017 Interior Design Installation BoY Award

In Mexico City’s metropolitan area, with a population of more than 23 million people, 4.5 million daily commuters navigate complex road networks, frequent traffic jams, public protests and parking shortages. The street—the prime public space—is the setting for all such friction. There, "viene viene" —entrepreneurs who function outside of government oversight —bribe the local police, use common painter’s buckets to claim a piece of the street, and charge hopeful drivers looking for a parking spot with an additional fee in exchange for access to their illegal stall.

One Bucket at a Time was inspired by this hijacking of public (parking) space and uses common painter’s buckets as the building blocks for an interactive pavilion. Connecting the buckets via a grid of ropes, the installation is a malleable surface that the public is encouraged to freely explore. The surface can be rolled, pulled together or up to a point or along a line taking on different forms. People can sit, run, play, stand, lounge, and participate in the act of taking over the public realm. In situ for a three day period, the installation will come down gradually, released from the ropes and absorbed by the city. By using buckets —a symbol of holding the public space hostage, we are highlighting and questioning this pervasive condition, and also empowering people of Mexico City to reclaim ownership of their public space, one bucket at a time.

*With Factor Eficiencia
*Photographs by Moritz Bernoully Photography and Jamie Navarro Photography.

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Brewery at The Forks


  • Client:
    Project Type:
    The Forks Renewal Corporation
    Construction Documents
    craft brewery
    1,750 sqft (renovation) + 2,000 sqft (addition)
    2017 ArchMarathon finalist
    2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit

The Brewery at The Forks is part addition, part renovation of a new craft brewery operating out of Winnipeg’s historic Forks Market. Height limitations and load constraints caused the existing market building to be unsuitable for use as a full production brewery. These restrictions created an opportunity to explore a new complimentary form that draws inspiration from the market’s past and the processes occurring inside.

Prescribed by surrounding site constraints, the brewery is compressed on a small footprint which generated the need to vertically stack the key functions of the brewing process, resulting in a design reminiscent of early gravity fed breweries. The process begins on the roof deck, where malted grain is stored in a series of exterior grain bins. From here, it flows to the top floor for crushing, mashing and boiling. The product then travels down to the floor in series of tall fermentation tanks. The brewmasters and public have their first interaction as testing and tasting occur simultaneously.

Drawing on the site’s industrial past, the addition interlocks with the existing building at each level of production, the geometry articulated as a series of cogs in the brewing process. On the exterior, a dual purpose steel skin wraps the structure providing support for the significant lateral loads in addition to framing a series of apertures that provide small glimpses of the process inside. A new entrance folds into the existing market building at the ground floor, revealing an intimate tap room inside the exiting market.

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Guertin Cottage

Storm Bay, ON

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    1,960 sqft

On the banks of Lake of the Woods, three black crests quietly emerge from a scattering of birch and spruce. The forms intersect with each other to create the Guertin Cottage, phase two of a three part lake-front property.

At the client’s request, the guest cottage evokes the form of a ’witches hut’ from the tale of "Hansel & Gretel". Atop a simple raised platform the cottage materializes as a sculptural ’ wooden tent.’ The predominant black roof line contains three high cones with three associated low brims; each component arranged on a checkerboard grid in plan. The resulting shroud meets the ground for privacy in the northwest and is pushed and pulled at the joints and edges of the roof line to allow for light, views, and the expansion of living space to the south facing the lake. The structure co-exists with the forest both in function and aesthetic, exuding a playful character for guests of the family - primarily their children and grand children.

Propped up on a heavy timbre frame, the roof and it’s skeleton forms a clear delineation of materials and structure that maintain the simplicity that is integral to the cottage design. Three low box volumes are positioned between the supports, designed to house utilities and to create rooms. Resting above two of these volumes are a pair of sleeping lofts. The third volume acts as a chimney servicing the interior and exterior of the cottage. These towering volumes act to draw up warm air and provide ample daylighting within the cottage.

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Chair Your Idea

Winnipeg, MB

  • Status:
    Project Type:
    $30,000 for the winning idea
    crowdsourced urban ideas competition

Available to all Winnipeggers, Chair Your Idea is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded open competition that seeks to generate 1000+ urban design ideas and $30,000+ to realize the winning idea.

For a $25 registration fee, participants were asked to submit their creative initiative in 140 characters or less and contribute one white chair for public use to mark their submission. The chairs, with the ideas written on them, were placed in public locations throughout the city and cared for by participating local businesses for the duration of the three week competition period. The accumulating chairs and the creative ideas associated with them allowed Winnipeggers to enjoy newly claimed public spaces, take part in a discussion about urban design, and exchange thoughts on how to make our city even better.

At the end of the competition period, the winning ideas were selected by a high caliber jury and announced at a block party at City Hall, where the chairs were gathered for a final spectacular display of Winnipeg innovation and pride. The winning idea - to hold a contest for kids to design environmentally themed art for city transit buses to encourage youth ridership - was implemented in the spring of 2016. Working together with Art City, an art competition called Imaginary Superbus was held at The Forks on May 14th.

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The Tree House

Toronto, ON

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Symmetry Developments
    construction documents
    multi-family residential
    42,600 sqft [39 units]

The Tree House is a new low-rise, 39 unit townhome development in Toronto’s emerging Birch Cliff neighbourhood. The project raises the bar for high quality, contemporary architecture in the area by offering well-built, ample-sized and affordably priced homes and authentic community spaces for first time homebuyers, particularly families. Instead of a large residential building, The Tree House is composed of three separate block staggered to follow the property lines and maximize green space, with all required parking located underground. The multi-level two and three bedroom units range in size from 935 sq ft to 1325 sq ft. The project will appeal to buyers who desire both indoor and outdoor areas, with exterior access in the form of courtyards, private rooftop terraces and gardens. The shared courtyards provide open communal space for residents, encouraging social engagement.

The rhythmic, staggered geometry of stacked unit cells creates an ever-changing interplay of void and solid, shadow and light across the façade. The blocks are clad in anodized aluminum, which offers durability, modularity and beauty. The material’s almost iridescent quality provides a unique surface to receive and reflects light and shadow. Based on the length of the anodizing process, different shades are applied to each of the blocks so that the overall aesthetic remains consistent while still allowing for variety across the site.

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Parallelogram House

East St. Paul, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    single family residence
    2,700 sqft + garage + full basement
    2018 Governor General's Medal in Architecture
    2017 Architectural Review House Awards shortlist

Situated on a typical suburban street in a bedroom community just north of Winnipeg, the Parallelogram House stands in quiet and refined contrast to its stucco-clad neighbours. While the clients desired a one-storey layout for their young family, they also wanted to ensure that all of the bedrooms had views of the front or backyard. By skewing the floor plan into a parallelogram, the window area was greatly increased without increasing the footprint, opening the home up to a panoramic view of the trees and preserving the site’s southern exposure within the required setbacks.

The house is clad in vertical wood siding that wraps onto the underside of an extensive roof overhang, which is supported by a family of Cor-Ten columns that acts as both structure and screen, evoking the rich texture and shadows of the tree line. Together, wood and steel render the house as part of the surrounding landscape

Inside, the main living space is defined by an 11-foot high ceiling horizon and an open plan that flows around a freestanding utility box. The bedroom and garage wings are separated from the living space by white metal screens that extend the geometry of the exterior columns through the house. A simple and muted palette emphasizes the interior volumes, highlighted by a sequence of light wells and skylights.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography except as noted.

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Lake & East Tower

Oakville, ON

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Symgine Developments
    construction documents
    mixed-use tower
    160,000 sqft [144 units]

Lake & East is a 20 storey mixed-use tower located at an important gateway intersection to Bronte Village on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oakville. The project site is one of the last remaining underdeveloped properties in the area, which is characterized by a mix of high-rise towers and one storey commercial buildings. The project brief called for 140+ dwellings with complementary amenity and retail spaces at grade.

While the expected solution would be a podium and tower model, further analysis revealed a need to reconcile the village atmosphere with the density of the adjacent high-rises. The result is a series of scattered, boulder-like volumes at ground level that extend the low-rise fabric into the site, with a slender and reflective tower above. The tower’s cladding carries down to grade, where it wraps the site as a continuous, protective screen. The tower’s form arises from a desire to provide all suites with views of the lake beyond. At the same time, the skewed footprint preserves views from the adjacent 18 storey building and reduces the tower’s shadow impact on the intersection. The custom aluminum façade consists of a gradient of porous and solid panels, generating a pattern reminiscent of the concentric ripples produced by rain falling on water. Each permeable section unifies four to six units through interconnected balconies that create opportunities for contact between residents.

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Zibi Windmill Tower

Ottawa, ON

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Windmill Development Group
    competition finalist
    mixed-use tower
    200,000 sqft

In 2015, 5468796 was shortlisted for an invited competition to design a 200,000 s.f. mixed-use scheme for a former industrial site on Ottawa’s Chaudiere Island. The project scope included a 20-storey residential tower, office and retail space, underground parking and the integration of two existing warehouse buildings. Proponents were asked to tie into an existing community masterplan while maintaining social and environmental sustainability as a high priority.

Permeability of the ground plane became an important driver for the planning strategy. By breaking down the podium’s mass into simple blocks and organizing them around pedestrian routes and the existing heritage buildings, the design increases points of contact between street and building, old and new, residents and visitors, resulting in a rich and memorable every day experience. Furthermore, the separation of the lower blocks provides a variety of entrance points and creates a diverse array of outdoor rooms, while increasing retail frontage and drawing natural light to the podium’s core. Inspired in part by Windmill’s desire to create a complete community, and in part by our belief that shared public spaces are essential to the quality of life in cities - particularly in tall buildings - the amenity spaces become part of the public domain, starting from the ground floor up and weaving upward through the building like a vertical streetscape.

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OZ Condominiums

Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    OZ Condominium Corporation Ltd.
    multi-family residential
    38 000 sqft [25 units]
    2015 MCHAP.emerge Finalist

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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Canadian Canoe Museum*

Peterborough, ON

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Canadian Canoe Museum
    competition finalist
    79 500 sqft

Situated on the shore of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the new CCM is inspired by the story of the canoe, its ingenuity and efficiency, its beauty and serenity, and its ability to elicit a personal response in all of us. The museum emerges in a wooded clearing as a simple box wrapped in a sinuous, shimmering cloud of mesh. As shadows move with the sun, the skin’s ethereal nature blurs the definition between architecture and sculpture and belies the efficient and rational form within. Visitors are drawn to the main entrance along an elevated boardwalk that passes through a purifying filter of birch trees. Below, the undulating terrain flows beneath the building, intersected by a creek and a meandering trail that leads visitors to the Lift Lock beyond.

From the lobby, the museum branches in two directions, one to the multi-purpose room and restaurant, and the other to the exhibition space. Imitating the descending landscape, a set of cascading bleachers connects with the cafe, storage, educational and administrative spaces on the lower level. The exhibition space is enveloped by a backdrop of stretched fabric that creates the illusion of a solid wall under certain lighting conditions and becomes semi-transparent in others. Through surface projection, the scrim allows the gallery to take on different atmospheres, from the gentle lapping of waves on Lake Ontario to the untouched wilderness of the Far North.

* With Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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Pino [Helsinki Guggenheim]

Helsinki, Finland

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    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:
    Project Type:
    Sunrex Group of Companies
    multi-family residential
    9 200 sqft [8 units]
    2015 Architizer A+ finalist

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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Square House

East St. Paul, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    single family residence
    1,900 sqft

Designed for a young family of four, the Square House is a modest bungalow located in the municipality of East St. Paul, just north of Winnipeg. The owners purchased the lot and moved out of the city in order to raise their children in the community that they grew up in. The client requested a 1960s, mid-century modern quality with a contemporary twist.

The design began as a simple four-square plan with quadrants for the living and dining space, the master bedroom, the children’s wing and the garage. A sunken courtyard separates the children’s wing from the garage, bringing daylight and access to the outdoors down to the basement. Across the courtyard, a concrete bridge links the front sidewalk to the main entry, carrying the point of arrival into the very centre of the home.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography.

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Handsart Residence

Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    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:
    Project Type:
    Arthur Family
    single family residence
    2 500 sqft + garage + basement suite
    2016 WAF Future Projects | House
    2014 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

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

  • Status:
    Project Type:
    pop-up dinner
    1200 feet long

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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Prix de Rome in Architecture | Table for Twelve

8 Cities. 8 Dinners. Countless Conversations.

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Canada Council for the Arts
    2013 - 2014
    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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Victoria, BC

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    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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Winnipeg, MB

62M is a 41-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 three 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.

*All photographs by James Brittain Photography unless noted.

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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]

  • Location:

    Project Type:
    Venice, Italy + Canada [various]
    Canada Council for the Arts +
    Architecture Canada | RAIC
    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

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Manitoba Start
    offices + classrooms
    22 500 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

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    Mark + Rick Hofer
    Multi-family residential + commercial
    73 000sqft + 22 500sqft
    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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Winnipeg, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    The Forks
    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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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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WRHA on hargrave

Winnipeg, MB

  • User Group:
    Project Type:
    WRHA on Hargrave
    Hargrave Holdings LLC.
    33 000 sqft

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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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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Webster Cottage

Dunnottar, MB

  • Client:
    Project Type:
    1200 sqft [enclosed]
    2010 Prairie Wood Design Award

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

  • User Group:
    Project Type:
    hold zone inc.
    housing + support
    25 000 sqft

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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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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