The towering elm trees and gentle meadows of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park have for generations formed an inspiring backdrop to the city’s collective memory.
The Qualico Family Centre connects to the temporality of this landscape, evolving, growing and decaying in harmony with the natural rhythms of its surroundings.
With time, materials will allow the architecture to mature, growing into its site. The zinc fascia will patina to a soft grey, and a permanent record of local weather patterns will be imprinted distinctly on facades clad with weathering steel. Wood soffits of locally-salvaged elm will weather & a vegetated roof, planted with local grasses, will grow to become a raised piece of the forest floor.
As seasons pass, the reflected colors of the forest transform the building and redefine the experience of interior space. The angular forms channel harsh winter winds in specific ways, shaping snow into extensions of the structure.
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