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Old Posted Oct 3, 2019, 8:29 PM
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Is this still slated to open next year? Seems like they've got a long way to go.
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Is this still slated to open next year? Seems like they've got a long way to go.

My guess is that between December and February it should be completely covered by then.
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Just viewed the CBS Sunday Morning short documentary, tour, interview about the Museum of Modern Art expansion (almost 2x previous reno.).

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/moma-ne...ts-a-makeover/

Am wondering, if the WAG wanted to expand again, how could it do so? It would have to do so horizontally. Nearby are those apartment blocks, can't do that.

I guess they could taker over the Buhler. Plug-in Gallery and U of W business school would have to move elsewhere. Stella's, if it still exists years from now, would stay. A pedestrian overpass would connect the original ca. 1971 WAG building with the Buher now WAG building. The main entrance could also be moved from the "boring" one on Memorial, to the more exciting corner of Portage and Memorial.
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Just viewed the CBS Sunday Morning short documentary, tour, interview about the Museum of Modern Art expansion (almost 2x previous reno.).

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/moma-ne...ts-a-makeover/

Am wondering, if the WAG wanted to expand again, how could it do so? It would have to do so horizontally. Nearby are those apartment blocks, can't do that.
They could expand into the top floors of the Bay! Or a block away, the Vaughn Jailhouse is empty!
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I would expand to the bay parkade and connect with a tunnel, or turn the whole existing gallery into the Inuit art and learning centre and expand with a new gallery somewhere else... if only there were a large piece of vacant land somewhere downtown near existing cultural amenities... hmmm
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honestly, seeing the bay as a new civic centre would be great. new library, new galleries and museums, archives... there is no future for it that's not institutional so we might as well start planning for that.
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honestly, seeing the bay as a new civic centre would be great. new library, new galleries and museums, archives... there is no future for it that's not institutional so we might as well start planning for that.
The problem is that virtually all of those functions have facilities of their own already... you move the WAG, the WPL, the Provincial archives, whatever else in there, what do you do with all the space they leave behind?

Personally I'm not crazy about the idea of moving institutions that deserve the prominence of a standalone building into The Bay as if it was just the men's shoe department, stashed away on the fourth floor somewhere.

The Bay is a great building but it could just be that there is no practical reason to keep it anymore. Because a company decided to make money by building a store a century ago doesn't mean that the public purse should be responsible for maintaining it in perpetuity... this is not the Acropolis we're talking about here.
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If the Greeks had that same attitude, the Acropolis wouldn't still be around either – it eventually grew out of its original use and usefulness.

The Bay building is built so strongly it'll be fine for quite a while. Its biggest hurdle right now is there is lots of easily (re)developable land in downtown for new projects, so the costs of repurposing it don't make sense right now. Eventually that we'll change, and the idea of carving out the middle to add in residences or whatever the idea is could become more palatable.

The fact that a decade ago HBC was willing to give it away for $1, and now sees it as a valuable asset in the $80–$100m range, is a good sign and means its only a matter of time before there could be a strong business case for redevelopment – even if it needs some government support.
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So long as the city manages to keep developers from tearing down other buildings to create parking lots it will eventually become economically viable to redevelop the bay building (and hopefully that dastardly parkade too!)
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“Everything has to be perfect,” Rick Chopp, the Inuit Art Centre project manager is describing the upcoming glass installation for the visible vault. The vault will be encased in two-storeys of glass, with glass shelving inside to display the Inuit carving collection. “There is little room for error when working with glass”, Rick adds.

With the Inuit Art Centre in its final year of construction and expected opening in Fall 2020, progress is happening everywhere: The floors on all four levels of the centre have been poured. The mezzanine steel is anchored to support the Mezzanine bridge that will offer a unique vantage point for viewing objects within the Visible Vault. The steel beams that support the curved outer frame of the gallery are complete and will eventually support the welcoming 5,000-square-foot glass atrium on the street level inviting the community in to experience the centre.

The Gallery Shop is being framed with a network of beams and columns as part of the renovation that will see the much-loved retail experience grow to meet the needs of the visitors. The expanded shop will feature street-facing windows that will provide another connection between the public and art.

The hard-working crew of about 65 will soon grow to 100 as the carpenters, plumbers, electricians begin work to create the inner workings and details to support the multi-dimensional centre.

“We’re anticipating the imminent arrival of the curtain wall framing that will wrap around the main floor, making the three-storey vault visible from the street,” Rick states. “And we expect to have the glass and main front entrance doors installed by mid-December.”

The fourth floor of the existing WAG building is being transformed into the new education and studio spaces by our construction crews. As the Inuit Art Centre will connect to the existing WAG building, the extensive renovation and redevelopment of the WAG continues. “We’ve already cut in three of the links between the addition and the existing WAG on the basement, main and fourth floors, and within a month or so we’ll start on the third floor gallery level with the mechanical, electrical and interior framing.”

“It’s an extraordinarily complicated structural steel building with the twisting angles and circles.” Rick notes regarding Michael Maltzan’s innovative design coming to life. Maltzan’s design is creating a progressive, transformative architectural space to engage the community. The curved line of the building comes with its construction challenges, but when complete will be a welcome and sweeping change to Winnipeg’s downtown. “It’s completely unique.”
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Took this yesterday, from top level of the Bay parkade.

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Architect of WAG's Inuit Art Centre inspired by the endless space and distant horizons of the North
Melissa Martin / Photography by Mike Deal | Posted: 10/22/2019

At the edge of the observation deck, Michael Maltzan pauses, his bright yellow safety vest glaring bright amid the lines of soaring steel bars and flat concrete floors. He looks down over the gallery below, or what will soon become the gallery, for now exhibiting only a tangle of cables and crates waiting to be opened.

It is Saturday afternoon at the site of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's new Inuit Art Centre, the gleaming new facility rising at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and St. Mary Avenue. The construction that buzzes most days is quiet for the time being, so as to allow three tours of the site for a small group of WAG donors and journalists.

The tour rose from the entry atrium, dominated by the serpentine steel frame of the three-storey visible vault, where the gallery's archived collection of Inuit art will be visible to all who enter. It's a rare feature for an art gallery: usually, works not on display are locked away in the back of house.

But here, Maltzan explains, all of these things will be in conversation. The artwork, the curation, the second-floor learning centre and the vast main exhibition hall: all of it is intended to flow together, inviting visitors to stream into and through and around it.

He gestures 30 feet over his head, to the curving ovals of 22 recessed skylights that will bathe the gallery in what he calls "diffused and suffused light." They will give light back to the city, too: at night, Maltzan says, they will glow like a "lantern for the neighbourhood."

"It has a huge scale, as you can see," he says.

It is the first time media has gotten a peek inside the new $65-million centre. When it opens next fall, it will house the world's largest collection of Inuit art in 40,000 square feet of space spanning four levels.

This preview arrives at a pivotal moment in the facility's construction. Not long ago, the site gave little more than an idea of its final form, sketched in slabs of concrete and naked steel bones; not long from now, it will be clad in a skin of glass and off-white stone, finished to a shine, ready to be filled with art.

So the time felt right, WAG executive director Stephen Borys says, to give the public a sense of how far it's come. The facility has a shape now, and a presence, and yet it is still open to the October bluster. (Construction crews are focused on closing it in before more winter snows come.)

"It was a chance to see the building both as a frame and an enclosure, and when you’re standing inside you can still look out," Borys says. "It was a key moment, where there’s this interesting alignment with the design."

It's been about a decade since the WAG started working full-steam on the centre, and more than seven years since Maltzan, in partnership with local firm Cibinel Architecture, was chosen for the design, beating five other finalists from an original pool of 65 applications.

What began then was a conversation about Winnipeg, about Inuit art, and about the purpose of what they were to create. It would culminate in a trip to the North that changed how Maltzan saw the project forever — a project he hopes will redefine the Memorial Boulevard streetscape and draw the communities it serves closer.

It was an interesting challenge. Maltzan had long known the Winnipeg Art Gallery structure; years ago, he says, he'd seen photographs and drawings of the 1971 Gustavo de Rosa structure, considered one of the finest late-modernist designs in North America, and he had a sense of the cultural shadow it cast.

"I was always fascinated by the building," Maltzan says. "When it was built, it was an extremely adventurous and really avant-garde building, but done with such a sense of how the urban grid was shifting, how the neighbourhood was evolving. It really presents multiple faces to each of the parts of this district of the city."

The difficulty for his team, he continues, is that the building did not invite an addition. Leaning over a model of the site, he points out its features: the sculptural Tyndall stone prow, looming across the western edge of Winnipeg's downtown, the bold lines cutting a statement out of the streetscape beyond.

The Inuit Art Centre's design had to complement de Rosa's achievement, but it also had to speak of its own vision; finding a balance would be tricky, especially on an odd footprint bounded by loading docks on the WAG's south end.

"There aren’t that many great pieces of architecture in the world, and this was one of them," he says. "I didn’t want to mess it up."

Easier said than done. Art, the team knew, looks best in space that echoes the places it was first made: think 18th-century paintings, Maltzan says, viewed in richly decorated classical-style rooms.

So the Inuit Art Centre, they knew, must not only continue the story started by de Rosa's building, but also hum with the resonance of where most of its collection was created. Yet the Arctic is not an easy environment for an architect to capture; nature creates on a scale beyond what humans can do.

In the North, Maltzan found his answer. Together with a small group that included Borys, George Cibinel, Maltzan's family and a photographer, he spent a week travelling Nunavut, hopping from Iqaluit to the hamlets of Pangnirtung and Cape Dorset.

He watched Inuit sculptors at work, carving soapstone. He soaked in the way the summer light filled up the vastness of land, changing hue and tone as the days rose and fell. He marvelled at the scale of it all: the undulating lines of the great ice shelves that loomed over the water, the skies that met the land where both had no end.

When Maltzan landed back in Los Angeles, he was "invigorated," he says, but nervous too. He had grown up mostly along the East Coast of the United States, and he had always been at home in nature; but he'd never seen anything quite like the sheer scale and ancient energy of the North.

"I really felt like all my preconceptions needed to be thrown out the window," he says.

In the end, what he took from the North was a story about vastness, and now, he can point out how it speaks through the rising construction. When a visitor comes in, they are greeted by the visible vault, and then by a path of stairs and mezzanine that wraps around and rises to the floors above, flowing from one place to another.

The idea, Maltzan explains, is that the facility should feel open. It may suggest directions visitors can take to explore what it contains, but it makes no firm prescriptions. There is a weight to the building, but an openness, too: the scale of it looms but does not limit, just like the northern horizons.

"There is a fluidity to that landscape which isn’t just about the water," he says. "It was this idea that their world is not confined by the normal rectangles and boxes that often architecture is dependent on... the idea of forms that didn’t have strict beginnings and ends was something that I thought we could capture."

In a matter of months, the public will decide if Maltzan succeeded. Construction has been relatively steady — a few bumps here and there, as is perhaps inevitable with a project of this scale, but nothing insurmountable. PCL construction is expected to turn the site over to the WAG and its team of Inuit curators next summer.

They will be ready. For years, Borys has eagerly gauged the level of interest in the project; he is regularly peppered with questions from intrigued visitors, he says. Now, as the project shifts into its home stretch, it is beginning to give its own answers, revealing the ways it will alter Winnipeg's streetscape for generations to come.

And architecture, Maltzan believes, is fundamentally about those relationships: the ones buildings have with the street, with each other, with the people who use them. For years, he has carefully envisioned what the Inuit Art Centre's relationships will look like, but now, they are coming into the public view.

Over the years, he adds, architects learn to be patient. Still, there's a thrill as the completion draws nearer, too.

"Architecture is fundamentally about the building," he says. "You can talk about it, but it’s not until it’s finally physical and out in the world that you get to start to see the true nature of what the design does, how it’s working and what it is. To finally see that happening, it’s pretty exciting."







































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These photos really show off what this space will look like. I'm looking forward to seeing it when it is open.

I was thinking that Winnipeg's architecture and construction crews have been involved with some pretty sophisticated builds these last several years, including the CMHR, the Diversity Gardens Leaf and the Inuit Art Centre. I imagine word gets out in the industry that the city is a good place for new and interesting architectural ideas and their realization.
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