Studio: 5468796 Architecture
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Category: Mixed Use & Residential Buildings
Credit: James Brittain Photography, James Florio Photography, 5468796 Architecture
62M is a 40-unit residential development located at the edge of downtown Winnipeg and the Red River. Compressed between a freeway and the backs of neighbouring properties, the site was considered undesirable due to restricted views and a lack of street frontage. Lifted up on 35’ high stilts, the project overcomes the limitations of its surroundings with an iconic form and unprecedented sightlines.
The 3-storey circular building is both spatially efficient and cost-effective. As a whole, the 360° plan provides the widest possible perimeter for glass with the smallest amount of exterior envelope to construct. All 40 units have identical, pie-shaped layouts that simplify assembly, with each 610 s.f. suite arranged so entry and utility spaces occupy the narrow end closest to the circulation core.
This configuration frees the remaining square footage for a flexible, open living area that culminates in an expansive wall of floor to ceiling glass.
The protected open-air corridors surround a cast-in-place concrete core for essential services and lateral stability. Finishes are left raw whenever possible to simplify construction and to minimize future maintenance costs. The primary material palette consists of raw cast-in-place concrete, weathering steel, and glass in a conscious attempt to move away from typical off-the-shelf mid-rise developer material specifications.
At ground level, 20 supporting columns spaced between alternating pairs of parking stalls form a ring inside the building’s perimeter. The columns’ thinness is a counterpoint to the band of housing, emphasizing the weight and mass of the building floating above.