2020-2021 competition

Contest task

The task is to design, layout, and detail steps or stairs to the sunken patio on the northside of the Architecture 2 Building. Barkman Concrete Ltd. is expecting compelling ideas for an inviting spatial solution that includes areas to sit, learn, linger, relax etc. outside of room 121B. Room 121B is a studio space and has two doors that open to the rear patio which slopes upwards 2.50m, in between existing concrete walls. You are encouraged to experiment with features (wood, plants etc.) to compliment the stairs.

The unit(s):

  • can be a dry-cast or wet-cast product(s)
  • needs to be of a weight between 1300 to 1500 pounds so that it can be installed by the equipment of a contractor (1 cubic foot concrete weighs 145 pounds)
  • needs to easily slide out of the formwork form
  • needs to be functional and aesthetically pleasing
  • needs to be assembled to overcome a difference in height of 2.50m
  • needs to be applicable to other locations and their design

The winning design will be chosen based on the plausibility and creativity in how to create a space and shape steps in an intriguing, makeable and affordable way.

  • site plan of university of manitoba campus
  • the view north from architecture 2 building
  • north side of architecture 2 building
  • a walkway leading to a building with trees in front of it