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Completed in 2011, the 12,000-square-foot condominium complex, Bloc_10, incorporates box design to differentiate among its 10, three-story condos that each contain three separate living spaces.

15 young firms to watch: 5468796 architecture, winnipeg

15 young firms to watch: 5468796 architecture, winnipeg

  • Completed in 2011, the 12,000-square-foot condominium complex, Bloc_10, incorporates box design to differentiate among its 10, three-story condos that each contain three separate living spaces.

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    Completed in 2011, the 12,000-square-foot condominium complex, Bloc_10, incorporates box design to differentiate among its 10, three-story condos that each contain three separate living spaces.

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    Completed in 2011, the 12,000-square-foot condominium complex, Bloc_10, incorporates box design to differentiate among its 10, three-story condos that each contain three separate living spaces.

  • Floor plates stagger outward from a central spine, allowing eight of the 10 units to have an additional facing in addition to each's north and south exposures.

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    Floor plates stagger outward from a central spine, allowing eight of the 10 units to have an additional facing in addition to each's north and south exposures.

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    Floor plates stagger outward from a central spine, allowing eight of the 10 units to have an additional facing in addition to each's north and south exposures.

  • A wooden screen shields outdoor decks from nearby traffic noise while framing the light that enters the living units.

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    A wooden screen shields outdoor decks from nearby traffic noise while framing the light that enters the living units.

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    A wooden screen shields outdoor decks from nearby traffic noise while framing the light that enters the living units.

  • Six-foot-deep cantilevered projections on alternating levels add to useable floor space.

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    Six-foot-deep cantilevered projections on alternating levels add to useable floor space.

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    Six-foot-deep cantilevered projections on alternating levels add to useable floor space.

  • At 15,000 square feet, the 25-unit Centre Village housing co-op was completed in 2010.

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    At 15,000 square feet, the 25-unit Centre Village housing co-op was completed in 2010.

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    At 15,000 square feet, the 25-unit Centre Village housing co-op was completed in 2010.

  • According to 5468796 architecture co-founder Johanna Hurme, the project's central courtyard not only extends the units' private spaces but also acts as a "suggested boundary" between the surrounding public spaces.

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    According to 5468796 architecture co-founder Johanna Hurme, the project's central courtyard not only extends the units' private spaces but also acts as a "suggested boundary" between the surrounding public spaces.

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    According to 5468796 architecture co-founder Johanna Hurme, the project's central courtyard not only extends the units' private spaces but also acts as a "suggested boundary" between the surrounding public spaces.

  • A central spine anchors 8-foot-by-12-foot and cantilevered 14-foot-by-12-foot modules.

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    A central spine anchors 8-foot-by-12-foot and cantilevered 14-foot-by-12-foot modules.

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    A central spine anchors 8-foot-by-12-foot and cantilevered 14-foot-by-12-foot modules.

  • Hurme says that at first the firm wasn't sure its bold aesthetic would resonate with potential local clients. "We found a lot of people were hungry to see something different in the marketplace," she says. "And that's what we've been trying to pursue ever since."

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    Hurme says that at first the firm wasn't sure its bold aesthetic would resonate with potential local clients. "We found a lot of people were hungry to see something different in the marketplace," she says. "And that's what we've been trying to pursue ever since."

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    Hurme says that at first the firm wasn't sure its bold aesthetic would resonate with potential local clients. "We found a lot of people were hungry to see something different in the marketplace," she says. "And that's what we've been trying to pursue ever since."

  • The 8-foot central band allows for each unit to have cross-ventilation and multiple facings. Most units have at least eight windows.

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    The 8-foot central band allows for each unit to have cross-ventilation and multiple facings. Most units have at least eight windows.

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    The 8-foot central band allows for each unit to have cross-ventilation and multiple facings. Most units have at least eight windows.

  • The orange color is used on interior ceilings and extended outside via custom-welded aluminum window cowlings.

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    The orange color is used on interior ceilings and extended outside via custom-welded aluminum window cowlings.

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    The orange color is used on interior ceilings and extended outside via custom-welded aluminum window cowlings.

  • 5468796 architecture co-founders Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic

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    5468796 architecture co-founders Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic

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    5468796 architecture co-founders Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic

 

5468796 architecture
winnipeg, manitoba, canada
www.5468796.ca

You may know them for the Bond Tower, a narrow, 11-story mixed-use office complex on the boards for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. But 5468796 architecture also is making inroads into multifamily with projects that renegotiate the category’s conventional living arrangements and strike a contrast with the conservative nature of the region’s built environment. One recent project features a publicly accessible courtyard in place of a fence as a fluid boundary, and another, which finished first-phase construction in 2011, segments its 18 three- and four-story townhouses with an architectural wrap.

“There didn’t seem to be a lot going on in terms of pushing the edge of design in our context here,” says co-founder Johanna Hurme. Hurme, a Helsinki, Finland, native, and co-founder Sasa Radulovic, who hails from Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia, think an outsider’s perspective might be one factor in their breaking the mold.

Upon launching the firm in May 2007, Hurme says they received a commission daily for the first three weeks. Now, the 12-person team goes by a name that gives every indication of a highly collaborative ethos. “When we first incorporated the company, 5468796 was the number we were handed,” Hurme explains. “We’d rather not be named after ourselves ... everybody in the group can identify under the numbers.”

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years in practice: 5 / projects completed in 2011: 4 / firm size: 12 / areas of interest: multifamily, mixed-use, single-family