Manitoba Hydro Place: Climate Responsive Architecture Consortium
Integrated Architecture

Manitoba Hydro Place sets a precedent for the seamless integration of architectural excellence and climate responsive, energy efficient and sustainable design while enhancing and improving the quality and comfort of the human experience and the civility of urban life.

Every aspect of Manitoba Hydro Place is integrated to achieve an unprecedented 60%+ energy savings using passive energy sources while prioritizing user health and comfort and the revitalization of the downtown with signature architecture and a highly urbanistic response to the streetscape. Targeting less than 100 kWh/sq.m/a compared to 400 kWh/sq.m/a for a typical large-scale North American office building, Manitoba Hydro Place offers a model for extreme climate responsive design in northern countries. In view of Canada's lagging behind its commitment to the Kyoto protocol, Manitoba Hydro Place is an exemplar of the Integrated Design Process for achieving energy efficient, human-centred design.

Complex Solution Result of Integrated Design Process

Manitoba Hydro established a formal Integrated Design Process for the project, with a charter of five goals.  The Integrated Design Consortium composed of KPMB, Smith Carter and Transsolar took an innovative approach to the project, producing 16 alternative design schemes and modeling three preferred options to determine the best option at every level of performance based on the five goals:

1. A supportive, healthy workplace environment for employees of Manitoba Hydro.

2. A sustainable design inclusive of LEED® Gold rating and a 60% reduction in energy consumption.

3. Signature architecture integrated throughout the building at different scales from street level to roof. 

4. A high level of urban design integration to revitalize downtown Winnipeg. 

5. To achieve a cost effective building design solution that has measurable benefits to Manitoba Hydro in terms of comfort, operations, and maintenance.