Tenders Today


Previous Next

H2Office, Winnipeg, Canada

Wednesday 27 Oct 2010

Building on the unbuildable

H2Office by CIBINEL Architects Ltd. in Winnipeg, Canada
Cibinel Architects 
H2Office by CIBINEL Architects Ltd. in Winnipeg, Canada H2Office by CIBINEL Architects Ltd. in Winnipeg, Canada H2Office by CIBINEL Architects Ltd. in Winnipeg, Canada H2Office by CIBINEL Architects Ltd. in Winnipeg, Canada
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
Award Entry

Cibinel's H2Office breaks the predefined lot line 

By challenging the standard planning principles of the business park subdivision, H2Office is a building that blurs architecture, landscape, water management and sustainability. Early on, development guidelines were pushed with the desire to locate the building closer to the site’s retention pond. In breaking the predefined lot lines, the idea of a 'building as a bridge' emerged, positioning the structure directly above water, and building on a site that is otherwise unbuildable.

The narrow volume, supported on thin columns, draws a prairie datum line across the retention pond, offering abundant natural daylight and expansive views of the landscape. Through clear detailing, the exterior butt-jointed mirror-glazing allows the building to embed itself in its surroundings and reflect the modulating landscape. The metal cladding, with custom formulated dark metallic finish, responds to the exterior light quality, from shimmering in full daylight to a having a subtle, delicate quality at dusk.

Smartpark’s vision is to build 'a community of innovators' and the building’s architecture serves to strengthen this vision by pushing the boundaries of the expected and by positioning Smartpark and its tenants as innovative collaborators within a global community. The open office environment encourages mobility and communication. Informal meeting and gathering spaces provide opportunities for social interaction by allowing staff to collaborate effectively in a variety of settings.

With its distinctive architecture - open and flexible interior office space, natural daylight, an exposed steel structure with complimentary warm natural finishes, energy efficient under-floor air distribution and direct / indirect lighting - H2Office creates a premium office environment for its clients and employees and a clear landmark in the Smartpark Research and Technology Park.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
CIBINEL Architects Ltd.

More projects by this architect

Brandon Firehall No.1

WAN Business Information

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site