Canada’s Diversity Gardens, Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, Manitoba (with KPMB Architects - Design Architect)
A 21st century botanical conservatory situated at the head of an existing Formal Garden at Assiniboine Park. It will go beyond simply housing an interesting plant collection—it is designed for LEED Silver Certification and will play a critical role in shaping how a community perceives, interacts with and understands nature and sustainability. Through compelling architecture and innovative programming it will meet a modern purpose; existing to capture the imaginations of new generations and promote a greater understanding and love of the botanical world while addressing critical conservation issues. It will be a signature piece of architecture that generates awareness and a presence in the park, an interactive destination that focuses on the interrelationships of plants and people, and a sustainable precedent focussing on horticulture, plants and the environment. The new Conservatory’s exterior gardens and landscaping will complement the interior design elements, connect the building to the outdoors, and provide opportunities for social and community interaction.