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355 Portage Avenue

Address:355 Portage Avenue
Original Use:Air Canada Building
Constructed:1985
Architects:Jacques Collin and Smith Carter
Firms:Smith Carter

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This bold 1980s building exemplifies a late modern approach to design. Set on-top of an underlying square frame, a second orthogonal grid is oriented at 45-degrees to the first. This second set of forms, angled to the street, lends the building a sense of drama, one enhance by the variable heights of the projecting sections. In plan these two grids faintly resemble a maple-leaf, the emblem of the client, Air Canada. The interior of the building features large areas of sun-lit planting, a hallmark of design from this period.

A park outside the building, at the intersection of Carlton Street and Portage Avenue, was designed by Leslie Stechesen. Known as "Window Park" or "Air Canada Park" the space makes use of fragments of demolished historical structures that were located in Winnipeg's core area.

Design Characteristics

  • Clad in colourful and luminescent aluminum
  • Projecting angled sections