Architects honoured nationally for U of M ARTLab building

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The University of Manitoba's new ARTLab building has garnered one of Canada's top architecture awards for its Winnipeg creators.

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The University of Manitoba’s new ARTLab building has garnered one of Canada’s top architecture awards for its Winnipeg creators.

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada announced on Thursday the team of Vancouver-based Patkau Architects and Winnipeg-based LM Architectural Group is one of 12 winners of a 2016 Governor General’s Medal for Architecture.

The Governor General’s Medal for Architecture is awarded every two years for outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects. The medals are considered among Canada’s highest architectural honours.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The ARTlab building at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba is seen in a file photo.

“Bringing people together in new ways, valuing what we have, and designing innovative programs are currently what our architects do best,” wrote jury member Annmarie Adams. “Each of the winning projects is a catalyst for change beyond its own site lines.”

The 6,300-square-foot ARTLab building was designed to interlock with Tache Hall to create an integrated arts facility. The new building provides larger spaces for the School of Art to complement the small studio spaces within Tache Hall. It also includes a national standard gallery, a lecture hall, a soundstage, administration offices and a variety of new and traditional media studios.

The five-member jury panel said the new building “brings art and music out of Tache Hall — a former 1911 student residence — and into the public realm of Duckworth Quadrangle, the University of Manitoba’s main outdoor space. The juxtaposition of the new and old adds up to more than the sum of its parts.”

It also said that with the new space, the architects gave Tache Hall, which is one of the U of M’s oldest buildings, “a new face on campus.”

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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