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201 Portage Concourse

Designing a welcoming, authentic, and intuitive public space

  • 85K

    Pedestrian Traffic Per Week

  • $4.9M

    Construction Value

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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
Expert Spotlight

Leo Korenbaum, Principal, Business Centre Practice Leader, Buildings

I love doing what I do because it’s as close as the practice of engineering ever gets to artistic work.
Leo Korenbaum Principal, Business Centre Practice Leader, Buildings Read More

Christien Jung-Essex, Principal, Interior Design

Interior design for me is listening to my clients and developing unique solutions that allow them to excel in their field.
Christien Jung-Essex Principal, Interior Design Read More

Matt Fleming, Structural Technologist

The work we do now will shape the lives of our children in the future.

Leo Korenbaum

Principal, Business Centre Practice Leader, Buildings

Christien Jung-Essex

Principal, Interior Design

Matt Fleming

Structural Technologist

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