The head office for Manitoba Hydro is one of the most energy efficient large-scale commercial buildings in North America and establishes a model for extreme climate design. In collaboration with KPMB Architects, PFS Studio developed a strong site response to the deliberate building geometry. The design approach for the public realm adhered to the following principles: to ensure a healthy and productive workplace, to set a global standard in energy efficiency and sustainability, to create signature architecture, to provide a positive impact for downtown Winnipeg and to respect life cycle costs. With this in mind, the design was a minimalist, simple and elegant response to the site, which incorporates best practices in public open space design and sustainability.
The emphasis was focused primarily on the ground plane but the project also includes a green roof strategy for all of the podium roofs and the collection, redirection and storage of storm water for reuse in the landscape.
Ontario Association of Architects, Sustainable Design Excellence Award, 2014
Canada Green Building Council, Platinum Certification, 2012
Urban Land Institute, Global Award for Excellence, 2012
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Award of Excellence – Innovation in Architecture, 2011
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Urban Design Award – Urban Design, 2010
City of Manitoba, Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards, 2010
American Institute of Architects, Committee on the Environment Award, 2010
ArchDaily, Building of the Year, 2009
Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), Brownie Award – Excellence in Project Development at the Building Scale, 2009
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Best Tall Building, Americas, 2009
Le Marché International des Professionnels de L’Immobilier (MIPIM), Architectural Review, Future Projects Awards – Commended for Innovation, 2006
Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence, 2006
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