Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park

Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park and Interpretive Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Urban Design
Cohlmeyer Architecture with HTFC Planning and Design

 

Embedded in the wall are more than 3,500 LED light clusters. An app-controlled system plays videos on the the wall, which synchronizes with a multi-channel sound system controlling site lighting throughout the park.

Upper Fort Garry, demolished in the 1880s, lay at the crossroads of Winnipeg’s history. In commemoration, a 400-foot-long interpretive wall was constructed to mark its exact location.  

The wall, built of layered corten steel and embedded with sophisticated diagrams, audio programming, and lighting that playfully project Manitoba’s history, forms a backdrop to the park, referencing the fort’s original location and boundaries.

The next phase includes a 40,000-square-foot interpretive centre, with a 20,000-square-foot green roof of native grasses, recalling the grasslands that once lay outside the walls of the fort.

In 2018 Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park received the Jury’s Award of Excellence, the highest award given by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. 

 

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The steel wall, horizontal projections and the bastion demonstrate the exact proportions of the original features of Upper Fort Garry.

Corten steel mimics the stone bastions that formed the four corners of an early version of the fort. This metaphorical bastion, when clad in stone, will form a dramatic entry from Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park into the Interpretive Centre.

 

Each carefully designed symbol on the wall represents a significant piece of Manitoba's history.

 

Overview of Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park. The park contains a network of paths and raised platforms representing locations of buildings and historic features in the fort.

 
This rendering shows the green roof of the proposed Interpretive Centre, as seen from the park.

This rendering shows the green roof of the proposed Interpretive Centre, as seen from the park.

This rendering shows the proposed Upper Fort Garry Interpretive Centre, viewed from the southwest, outside the park.

This rendering shows the proposed Upper Fort Garry Interpretive Centre, viewed from the southwest, outside the park.

 

Credits:
Landscape Architect, HTFC Planning and Design
Structural Engineer, Crosier Kilgour & Partners
Electrical Engineer, Pro Engineering
Graphic Design, Kevin Gunther CGD
Audio Visual Design, Inland AV, Signex, and Pattern Interactive
Contractor, Westland Construction
Steel Fabricator, Capitol Steel

Awards:
Canadian Society for Landscape Architects, National Award and Juries Award of Excellence, with HTFC Planning and Design
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Award in Architecture in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario
City of Winnipeg, Access Award Excellence in Universal Design and Accessibility, with HTFC Planning and Design


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