A bold new idea for the abandoned Alexander Docks site in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Proposals should address one of the four seasons, and consider linkages from Downtown to the Red River.
Site: 44' x 406'
Submission limitation: 11"x17" + 150 words.
Host_On The Docks
Awarded: MAA Prize - People's Choice
Under the Red
“Winnipeggers wouldn’t dare go in the Red River. It is soooo dirty!”
“How dirty is it?”
Under the Red: an underwater view of Winnipeg’s muddy waters...
Under the Red brings Winnipeggers below the surface of the mysteriously murky waters that define our city. The sloping site is sliced in three directions, providing ramped access down to a large underwater window. This one-of-a-kind view is both educational and playful; it raises awareness about the river’s health, and offers a serene moment to observe the flowing waters... or take an underwater selfie!
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A conceptual poem:
A rigid retaining wall stabilizes the soil.
An underwater window gives a provocative peek into the Red River.
River-side ramps descend down; on the surface linking to public paths of play.
In wintertime, ramps are revealed; they lead to the skating surface.
Prairie plants and native trees are planted amongst the serene site.
Guardrails emerge from the grassy ground, lining the three simple slices.
Extraordinary engravings in the guardrails pay tribute to Tina