Project: Buffalo Crossing
Award: Future Projects - Leisure, Bronze, 2023
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Architect: Stantec Architecture Ltd
Client: FortWhyte Alive
Buffalo Crossing is situated on Muir Lakes south shore, the largest of seven lakes formed in reclaimed clay and gravel pits. Serving as the gateway to FortWhyte Alive’s 660 acre nature campus, the two-storey mass timber visitor centre will include a gift shop and café as well as learning, pre-function and indigenous facilities and event space.
Set in an aspen forest and perched between and over granite gabion walls, Buffalo Crossing will frame views towards the visitors’ experience that lies ahead. Triangular in form with a minimal north facade with limited solar exposure, the northwest façade opens up to picturesque views, while the south façade addresses the motorway providing a strong physical presence.
Rounded corners soften its presence within the aspen forest. Interior features supporting indigenous culture have been carefully curated including language, interpretive elements and the Star Blanket pattern celebrating indigenous history and knowledge. The bison (buffalo) make an appearance in the Donor Wall.
LEAD ARCHITECT: Michael Banman
PROJECT MANAGER: Matt Vodrey
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Steph Fehr
ARCHITECTS: Kyle Warren, Taylor Clackson
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN: Michele Palmieri
ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST: Peter Crittenden
BUILDING SCIENCE ENGINEER: Shahrzad Pedram
SENIOR BUILDING PERFORMANCE ANALYST:Anders MacGregor
ZERO CARBON BUILDING STANDARD CONSULTANT: Paulina Czajkowski
SENIOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Blair Fraser