The 100,000-square-foot Innovation Centre incorporates a repurposed downtown heritage building and new construction to create a dynamic crossroads with state-of-the-art facilities for applied research, entrepreneurship and commercialization. A hallmark of the Innovation Centre will be the collaboration with industry and the emerging startup sector of Winnipeg’s Innovation Alley. The building’s design features distinct and thematic zones that underscore this exchange.
The Agora, inspired by its Greek precedent, forms the heart of the facility – an open space for orchestrated ‘collisions’ between students and faculty, industry partners and the college as a whole. An atrium above this zone brings daylight into the core and transforms a helical stair from mere circulation to become a focal point.
Innovation Zones including the Sandbox for pitch sessions and advanced computer education space overlook and experience the Agora. These highly transparent program areas emphasize the everyday experience of students, faculty and staff. The threshold between the new and existing structures is bathed in natural light to reveal the subtle excellence of the century-old Scott Fruit Building.
The Roundhouse anchors the west corner of the new building and is the symbolic centre, imbued with Indigenous meaning and European history. At roof level, the City Room will be a beacon enveloped in bold traditional art that is steeped in local culture and visible both on the ceiling of this fully glazed space and across the cladding and soffit.
Targeting net-zero energy consumption, the skin of the new high-performance building consists of photovoltaic glass panels that create energy and also change colour depending on the angle of view and weather conditions.