17 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2S2
Completed: 2015
Size: 100,000 ft² / 9,290 m²
Cibinel Architects in collaboration with Batteriid Architects, Iceland

This facility for the promotion and study of active living strives to communicate and expose the University of Manitoba community and the greater Winnipeg community to the benefits of active living with an emphasis on physical, mental and social well-being. The main architectural goals of the facility are to contrast the existing Frank Kennedy Recreation Centre by creating a building that is extroverted, communicative, and engages the community and users at a pedestrian as well as vehicular scale. The new Active Living Centre seeks to maintain existing flows, contribute to the inter-connectivity of the campus network, and become a conduit that increases the general public’s exposure to the idea of active living. As a result of its prominent location on the campus this facility has become an important icon for the campus through which thousands of staff, students, and public will first engage the University of Manitoba campus.

Watch the grand opening video.

2017 CISC Steel Design Award, Recreational Facility
2017 CISC Manitoba/NW Ontario Steel Design Awards Recipients
2016 City of Winnipeg ACCESS Awards for Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design
2016 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award

Active Living Centre Wins Prestigious Award for Design and Function, UM Today
The Active Living Centre at the University of Manitoba, Archello
The Active Living Centre / Cibinel Architects + Batteriid Architects, Arch Daily

This project was undertaken by Cibinel Architects Ltd.

Photographs by Jerry Grajewski