Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg
Many thanks to Victoria Nikkel, Curatorial Assistant, Manitoba Hydro
for showing me around this amazing building and showing me a good selection of the Fine Art collection.
Winnipeg’s most advanced and technologically interesting building, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave. It is also Winnipeg’s largest office building.
Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg. When the building was being built, the engineers and builders managed to re-use %95 of the materials from pervious sources. A lot of energy is saved by re-using instead of buying new.
An Award Winning Building:
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)‘s Best Tall Building Americas award. At the time, CTBUH said Manitoba Hydro Place “was designed to be completely site specific. The design could not be transplanted to another city and still work, thus making it the perfect response to the seeming homogenization of the world’s skylines.”  2008 IBS Award, Highly Commended
Building of the Year, Office Category by Arch Daily.  2010
American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE), Top Ten Green Buildings.  2010 Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine Award, Project Winner
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Urban Design Award  2010 the SAB (Sustainable Architecture and Building) Canadian Green Building Award.
Engineers Canada – National Project Achievement Award
 2010 ACEC Canadian Consulting Engineering Award – Buildings
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Innovation in Architecture  Canadian Consulting Engineering – Award of Excellence
 Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Manitoba (Consulting Engineers of Manitoba) – Keystone Award and Award of Excellence
 Consulting Engineers of Alberta – Award of Excellence Sustainable Design
Three 24m tall waterfalls humidify or de-humidify the air as it is drawn into the building
The 115 metre high solar chimney draws hot air out of the building in the Summer
An explanation of the Energy Efficient Features of the Hydro Building
White noise generators lie beneath the floors to create ambient noise, otherwise the rattles and murmurs of everyone working would cause a din! Being such an energy efficient building, it is naturally almost silent, and humans like a bit of hum in the background.
An excellent view of the Exchange District from high up in the Hydro Building, Winnipeg
It is the mandate of Manitoba Hydro to collect and share art.
Much of the art is on public display on the main floor, but the rest of the 22 storey building is also filled with art for the employees to enjoy.
The curator, Leona Herzog, had put forward a plan to only collect artwork from living Manitoba artists, thus aiding the arts community in Winnipeg and the province greatly.
Before 2009, when the building was completed, there was no concerted effort to collect art, and with this new Modern building, Mrs Herzog instigated this curatorial goal.
The Manitoba Hydro collection now has 250 works by 107 artists as of July 2012.
The Royal Art Lodge, The Books I’ve Read, 44/50, 2008 Drawing on Paper, Silk Screen Print, 28 x 166 cm
Royal Art Lodge, The Books I’ve Read
One of the three 3 storey tall Winter Gardens of the Hydro Building. They act as the building’s lungs and draw air in.
The A shape of the building works to minimize exposure to cold north winds, while optimizing access to natural sunlight from the south west side. This design feature contributes greatly to reducing energy costs
Miriam Rudolph, Assiniboine Trail ll, c. 2011 Print on Paper 54 x 84 cm
Jeanette Johns, Retreating Agassiz Series, 2011, Artist Print, Six pieces each 53 x 41 cm
Keith Wood, Earth, Jardin Nocturne Series, 2008 Encaustic on Panel 123 x 183 cm
Aliana Au, Dreams of a Young Warrior IV, 1994 Acrylic and ink on paper 240 x 185 cm
Christian Worthington, Yellow and Blue, Diptych c. 2008 Oil and mixed media on canvas 91 x 152 cm
Robert Bruce, Stove Print Series 1 and 2 1972, Artist Print 89 x 58 cm
Roger LaFreniere, Space View 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 213 x 487 cm
Green roofs incorporating native prairie plants reduce storm runoff and reduce cooling requirements
Low-iron glass maximizes the amount of daylight entering the building. Windows automatically open and close to regulate temperature.
Grace Nickel, Terminus A Quo 2002, Ceramic and Glass 130 cm tall
Alan Lacovetsky, Bio-Tusk series 2007, Ceramic 104 cm long
The grand main lobby of the Manitoba Hydro Building in Downtown Winnipeg is host to Fine Art, two waterfalls, and increasingly, Wedding photography shoots
Ewa Tarsia, collection of Manitoba Hydro
Looking up inside on the “lungs” of the building. A grand staircase in the Winter Garden.
Water drops in a controlled fall along 24 metre filaments inside
The filament waterfall in the Winter Garden
One of the main floor waterfalls of the Manitoba Hydro building
Steve Gouthro, Transformation 2003, Oil on Canvas 172.5 x 204 cm
Bison by Joe Fafard in the front Lobby
Wanda Koop, The View from Here, Brilliant Yellow Horizon 2009, Acrylic on Canvas 122 x 244 cm
Bison Calf by Joe Fafard
Looking up above the entrance to the Manitoba Hydro building, Winnipeg
Facts about Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg
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Energy Efficient Features of Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg