University of Manitoba ART Lab

Winnipeg, Manitoba

ArchitectureAward of Excellence

LM Architectural Group with Patkau Architects Inc.
Owner/Client: University of Manitoba


Architect: LM Architectural Group
Associate Architect: Patkau Architects Inc.
Interior Designer: Environmental Space Planning
Landscape Architect: HTFC Planning & Design
Structural Engineer: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
Mechanical Engineer: SMS Engineering Ltd.
Electrical Engineer: MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers
Civil Engineer: SMS Engineering Ltd.
Cost Consultant: Hanscomb Ltd.
Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Photographers: James Dow | Greg Boothroyd


ART Lab is the first phase of a redevelopment of the Tache Hall Residence into the new Music, Art and Theatre Complex. ART Lab houses the drawing and painting studios, classrooms, lecture theatre, print-making, and art gallery that cannot be contained within the dormitory-style layout of the residence building. Overhead skywalks plug the 2nd and 3rd floors of ART Lab into Tache Hall. The circuit is completed by underground linkage to the University’s pedestrian tunnel network.


The entry to the ART Lab, punctuated by V shaped columns, is engaging. The studio spaces are flooded with light and face the core of the campus. The dynamic 4-storey open staircase serves as the meeting space for the school. The contemporary building plays masterfully against the early 20th century residence that it embraces.

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