Register: SEP/14/2018, Submit: SEP/14/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, architects, designers; teams, one team member must be registered in one of the Provincial Architectural Associations in Canada, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner 100,000 CAD (Canadian dollar) (about 75,220 USD) + additional funds for a schematic design + contract for a complete architectural design; 4 Finalists 10,000 CAD (about 7,520 USD) each
CentreVenture Development Corporation is pleased to announce an open, international design competition for the redevelopment of 0.8 acres (0.32 ha) of land in downtown Winnipeg, Canada. The vision for the project is to create a new urban destination with a pedestrian oriented internal plaza, zero setback buildings, public, open, and permeable spaces at the ground level, transparent residential connections with balconies or terraces and a granular, intense, informal, urban market – one that enables local vendors to create their own environment, texture and character in a daylight–filled winter-city structure. The competition is for a design that includes a new 100 unit affordable housing complex, a 700 m2 (7,500 sq ft) market building and a 1,500 m2 (16,150 sq ft) plaza.
The Market Lands are 2.4 acres, comprised of four parcels, bound by James Avenue to North, King Street to the East, William Avenue to the South, and Princess Street to the West. The surrounding properties are some of the key landmarks in downtown Winnipeg.
The site is connected by an underground walkway to Winnipeg’s City Hall and Administration Building, as well as the Manitoba Centennial Centre, east of Main Street. South is the Exchange District National Historic Site and Old Market Square. To the north is the Chinese Cultural Centre, the centrepiece of Chinatown. Red River College’s downtown campus straddles the site with its Duff Roblin Building to west and its Patterson Global Foods Institute to the south/east.
The southern eastern parcel on the site is bound by a historic caveat with a reversionary interest, requiring the land to be used for public purposes and purposes of the City of Winnipeg corporation. Potential development ideas for this portion of the site will need to be reviewed for legal conformity to this caveat. Sale or development of the other parcels is not restricted beyond current zoning and other standard development regulations.
The Market Lands are within the Warehouse Character Sector of the downtown. A variety of uses are permitted in this Sector, such as residential, commercial, office, institutional, cultural and parks. The intent of this Sector is:
- To regulate a compatible mix of use
- To ensure that the built form is contextual and complimentary to surroundings
- To highlight the importance of urban design review, which further reinforces the existing values of the surrounding built form
- To encourage enhanced pedestrian comfort through urban design
New buildings within the Warehouse Character Sector may not be less than 25 feet (approximately 2 floors), nor exceed 100 feet in height (approximately 8-10 floors) without obtaining a Variance. Building setbacks in this Sector are not required – front and corner side yards can only be a maximum of 5 feet. However, residential uses in this Sector require minimum interior side and rear yards.