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dRMM shortlisted in Winnipeg Market Lands contest

Public safety building winnipeg image by ccyyrree
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2017 Stirling Prize-winner dRMM is among five teams shortlisted for a major mixed-use regeneration project in central Winnipeg, Canada

The London practice – working with local outfit 1x1 architecture Inc and LDA Design – is shortlisted against Canada’s Daoust Lestage, Dialog, DTAH, and Saucier+Perrotte Architectes with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

All five teams will now be invited to participate in the contest’s eight-week-long second phase during which concept designs will be developed ahead of a presentation to judges in early December.

The project is a landmark 100-unit residential urban renewal scheme featuring a 700m² market building and 1,500m² public plaza.

The scheme, backed by the CentreVenture Development Corporation, will transform a city-centre plot presently occupied by a Brutalist car park and a former Public Safety Building (pictured) which was vacated two years ago.

The winner will receive a £57,500 prize and a design contract, while the other finalists will each receive a £5,750 honorarium.

CentreVenture president and chief executive said: ‘The jury was impressed by the calibre of all 23 submissions. The task of selecting five teams was a challenging one. Careful deliberation has resulted in an exceptional and exciting list of design talent from across Canada, and including the USA and the United Kingdom.

‘All the teams possess the qualifications and creativity to make the Market Lands an exceptional place in downtown Winnipeg.’

Competition judges include Angela Mathieson from CentreVenture; John Kiernan from the City of Winnipeg; Alan Tate of the University of Manitoba; and Eladia Smoke of Smoke Architecture. 

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