Sep
18
2012

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport offers flyers an easy place to lounge

The terminal incorporates new architecture with existing art

Winnipeg, Man., has the newest international airport in Canada. Last fall, the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport opened its new terminal as part of a mega $585-million upgrade. Inside the airy interior, now big enough to fit four football fields (or 26 city blocks), you’ll find many of Winnipeg’s edible classics, including “Nips” (a.k.a. burgers), care of Winnipeg’s iconic Salisbury House and muffins from Stella’s Café & Bakery.

The design team of Stantec Architecture Ltd. and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (whose works include the twin Petronas Towers in Malaysia) collaborated to create an airplane wing-like building that evokes a dramatic sense of arrival and offers an easy place in which to lounge. The interior has been lauded for its bright atrium, billowing wood ceilings and constellation-like skylights. Although some argued for the preservation of the old terminal, it will be torn down, but not all will be destroyed. The old airport’s two massive artworks (both 30 metres long and 12 m high) have found new homes. Eli Bornstein’s Structural Relief in Fifteen Parts is moving to the University of Manitoba, while John Graham’s Northern Lights will be installed at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa.

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