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Qaumajuq, the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)

Prize(s) Winners in Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
Company Lam Partners
Lead Designers Matt Latchford
Other Designer's names Paul Zaferiou, Maggie Golden
Architecture Company Michael Maltzan Architecture
Client Winnipeg Art Gallery
Photo Credits Lindsay Reid
Completion Date 5/2021
Project Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Entry Description

Like an iceberg ready to calve from its glacial shelf, the new 36,000 square-foot Quamajuq (Inuit art centre) hangs over the landscape on the south end of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It’s the largest exhibition gallery in Canada devoted to indigenous art. The modern graceful curves nestle gently into the sharper angles of the original building, and open the new lobby space to the streetscape. The double-height, glazed entrance is home to the amorphous, stacked display vault and links the learning steps with the cafe, gift shop, and exhibit spaces. Above the lobby is the 10 meter tall main gallery space, with its curving walls and 22 conical skylights, that deliver a layer of soft natural light to supplement the accents.