Project Specs
Completion date:



70,000 sq ft


$70.0M Est.


2016 Governor Generala's Medal in Architecture, 2015 Premier's Award of Design Excellence and 2014 Prairie Design Award of Excellence

University of Manitoba ART Lab

The ART Lab consists of large spaces for the University Of Manitoba School Of Art. It is the first phase of a $70M Creative Arts facility that combines new construction with Tache Hall, an historic building on Duckworth Quadrangle, a key outdoor space on the U of M campus.

This 70,000 SF building is configured to interconnect with the above and below-ground campus circulation systems as well as Tache Hall, where small-scale studios and offices for the School of Art will be located. A central atrium space vertically links the below ground level of the campus to the upper floors of the ART Lab, and forms the central circulation space and social heart of the building.

Program spaces are organized to optimize programmatic proximity and day lighting. The gallery and vault are located on the main floor; with lecture theatre and soundstage on the tunnel level below. Studios and administration are located on the upper two floors. The studios extend beyond the building envelope of the floor below, forming a generous covered entrance and outdoor area for gallery events.

The east and south sides of the building are vertical green walls, constructed of aluminum screens, suspended three feet from the face of the building, that support Virginia Creeper. These green walls shroud the interior from direct sunlight and provide a lively screen between the new building and the existing school of business in close proximity to the south. The north side of the building is fully glazed, so that drawing, painting, and photography studios benefit from diffuse daylight and, at the same time, provide a visible expression of the life of the School of Art to Duckworth Quadrangle beyond.

In Joint Venture with Patkau Architects.