The Wintergardens are an important signature element of Manitoba Hydro Place. As large, partially-conditioned building volumes, they are also unique in the context of conventional hermetically-sealed North American office buildings. In combination with the solar chimney, they perform as the ‘lungs’ of the building, passively pre-treating the air before it enters the building to provide 100% fresh air every day throughout the year, regardless of outside temperatures.
Each of the three south atria feature a 24 metre tall custom-designed water curtain comprising 280 tensioned mylar ribbons through which the modulation of the recycled water humidify or dehumidify the air depending on the season (see Water Features for further detail).
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Energy Performance-Sustainable Design
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