The existing skylight was enhanced with custom metal tracery that projects a geometric design that changes with the sun’s movement
The challenge? Renovate 201 Portage Concourse and its food court into an open and inviting dining hall and new conference center in downtown Winnipeg—and make it a meaningful public space. We worked closely with Harvard Property Management to develop a unique aesthetic for the concourse by removing barriers and designing an open, flexible venue.
Emphasizing a strong linear line, the design connected the main floor to the concourse via new stairs and connected to the new multi-modal dining hall using long community tables (accented by linear lighting). And the use? The multi-purpose conference center can be utilized by groups as small as 20 or as large as 60.
The design also created areas for five independent retailers, customers of which can use the various dining hall seating options such as stand up bar, modular tables and chairs, banquette, community-style long tables, and lounge areas. Plus, all areas are supported by integrated technology solutions and an interactive video wall, bringing a sense of place and community—especially during community events.
The 201 Portage Concourse design enhances the local community with a focal point, a unique dining hall setting, and flexible furnishings that can be used by individuals and groups as well as for break-out sessions and discussion
At a Glance
- Commerce Design Winnipeg Award, Grand Jury Prize, 2018
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