Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Duff Roblin Building

Address:190 Dysart Road
Architects:Green Blankstein Russell and Associates
Tours:Part of the QR Code Tour

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As an academic building built in 1970, the Duff Roblin Building fits the profile of Brutalism as a form of expression linked to civic and institutional projects from this era.

Like the Public Safety Building, 191 Princess Street, this structure is notable in demonstrating a Brutalist approach which largely forgoes an exterior reliance on concrete in favour of the use of Manitoba Tyndall limestone. Here this material serves to link this structure to the campus as a whole, in which the use of Tyndall is a conspicuous theme. Interestingly, this stone is here treated in such a way as to closely resemble that common Brutalist material, corduroy concrete – incised with deep-set vertical bands and presenting a roughly-hewn surface.

Other Brutalist elements include the thin clerestory windows and a clear exhibition of structure.

The building, named in honour of former premier of Manitoba Duff Roblin, house the Psychology Department and zoology laboratories.

Design Characteristics

  • Rough-surfaced Tyndall limestone and concrete exterior panels with linear detailing and gridded application
  • Clerestory windows
  • Flat roof

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