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NEWS: Nunavut November 23, 2012 - 2:51 pm

American architect will design future Inuit Art and Learning Centre in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Art Gallery chose Michael Maltzan to design new $45-million centre

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This previous design by Michael Maltzan for a building in Los Angeles gives a hint of what his concept for the future $45-million Inuit Art and Learning Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery could look like. (IMAGE COURTESY OF MALTZAN.COM)
This previous design by Michael Maltzan for a building in Los Angeles gives a hint of what his concept for the future $45-million Inuit Art and Learning Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery could look like. (IMAGE COURTESY OF MALTZAN.COM)

An award-winning American architect Michael Maltzan will design the Inuit Art and Learning Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the gallery announced Nov. 22.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery, which bills itself as “the home of the largest Inuit art collection in the universe,” plans to build a new $45-million Inuit art and learning centre, which will cover 40,000 square feet over three floors.

The centre will be located at the south end of the gallery’s triangular property, bordered by Memorial Blvd., St. Mary Ave. and Colony St. in downtown Winnipeg.

This past August, 65 architectural teams from 15 countries responded to the gallery’s call for expressions of Interest for its project.

In September, the architect selection committee narrowed it down to six finalists who submitted expanded proposals and were interviewed last month.

The selection committee and was unanimous in choosing Maltzan as the winning architect, and this recommendation subsequently received overwhelming approval from the gallery’s board, a gallery news release said.

When finished, the centre will house the gallery’s collection of contemporary Inuit art,” the largest of its kind in the world,” and the studio art and learning programs.

The website for Maltzan’s Los Angeles-based firm shows it’s designed a wide range of arts, educational, commercial, institutional, civic, and residential buildings.

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