62M is a 41-unit residential development located at the edge of downtown Winnipeg and the
Red River. Compressed between a freeway and the backs of neighbouring properties, the site
was considered undesirable due to restricted views and a lack of street frontage. Lifted up
on 35’ high stilts, the project overcomes the limitations of its surroundings with an iconic
form and unprecedented sightlines.
The two storey, circular building is both spatially efficient and cost-effective. As a whole, the
360° plan provides the widest possible perimeter for glass with the smallest amount of
exterior envelope to construct. In addition, all 40 units have identical, pie-shaped layouts
that simplify assembly. Each 610 s.f. suite is arranged so that the entry and utility spaces
occupy the narrow end, closest to the circulation core. This configuration frees the
remaining square footage for a flexible, open living area that culminates in an expansive wall
of floor to ceiling glass.
At ground level, 20 supporting columns spaced between alternating pairs of parking stalls
form a ring just inside the building’s perimeter. The columns’ thinness is a clear
counterpoint to the band of housing, emphasizing the weight and mass of the building
The landscape design is conceived as a sea of greenery surrounding the building, leaving an
open, cloister-like volume beneath the soffit. The garden is comprised of 62 Jack Pines set
within a bed of mixed pinecones. Rows of ferns will be planted between the pines, and a
series of pinecone-shaped planting beds will be found amidst the trees and around the
central elevator and lobby core.