Crescent Park Forest Pavilion wins Gov-Gen’s Medal in Architecture

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The Crescent Drive Park Forest Pavilion was awarded the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

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The Crescent Drive Park Forest Pavilion was awarded the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

“This pavilion is a space that redraws the forest,” a jury of five commented.

The public washroom, warming shelter and gathering space was designed to meet FEMA standards for floodable structures. Public City Architecture Inc. created the building.

(Lindsay Reid photo)

The $1.2 million project is visible throughout the park and dissolves “day to night from a wooden form to a lantern-like void,” according to a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada write-up online.

The Crescent Drive Park Forest Pavilion was awarded the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

“This pavilion is a space that redraws the forest,” a jury of five said in a statement.

The public washroom, warming shelter and gathering space was designed to meet FEMA standards for floodable structures. Public City Architecture Inc. created the structure.

The $1.2 million project is visible throughout the park and dissolves “day to night from a wooden form to a lantern-like void,” according to a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) write-up online.

“This is the highest honour that we could achieve in our country, and it doesn’t fall on us lightly,” said Peter Sampson, Public City Architecture’s principal architect.

The studio practices in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. It designed crokicurl at The Forks, the University of Winnipeg’s Buhler Centre and the washroom boxes at Assiniboine Park, among other things.

“It’s a real honour for us to represent Winnipeg,” Sampson said. “We have a very exciting design community here, and any number of firms here… could win a medal.”

The RAIC and the Canadian Council for the Arts announced the awards on Monday.

Forest Pavilion is like “a porch light in the forest.

“An archetypal Canadian pavilion in the forest, it creates a microcosm in its interior courtyard,” the jury noted.

Jury members include the University of Montreal’s architecture school director and architects across the globe.

Forest Pavilion is one of 12 structures to earn the prestigious award this year. Others include a reimagined theatre in Stratford, Ont. and an Indigenous residential school history and dialogue centre in Vancouver.

Forest Pavilion is the only recipient from the prairies. It and the Vancouver centre are the sole representatives from western Canada.

“The projects represented in this year’s recipients… illustrate design excellence in a variety of building typologies,” John Brown, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s president, said in a news release.

Each project in “enlivening and enriching,” enabling learning and growth, he said.

– Staff

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