Manitoba Hydro Place: Climate Responsive Architecture Consortium
Vertical Neighbourhoods

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What are the implications to a corporate culture when 2000 employees are relocated from 12 leased offices across the suburbs into one central downtown location?

The plan for Manitoba Hydro Place highlights the symbiotic relationship between the building’s respiratory system (north and south atria) and the idea of vertical neighborhoods that enhance communication and orientation and create a sense of community. The typical floorplate of 20,000 sq. ft. is divided into smaller precincts organized around shared atria. Six three-storey north atria and three six-storey south atria connect the office floors with vertical circulation provided by generous stairwells. This allows business units and divisions to be kept together, meeting program adjacency requirements, in addition to supporting internal communications, and encouraging interaction.

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