Archambault Pavilion - CODAworx

Archambault Pavilion

Submitted by David Firman

Client: Winnipeg Arts Council

Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $160,000

Project Team


David Firman

Landscape Architect

McGowan Russell Group


Raymond SC Wan Architect

Industry Resource

Westland Construction Ltd.


City of Winnipeg

Public Art Agent

Winnipeg Arts Council


Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd., Structural Engineers


The stage occupies a prominent location in a new urban park in Transcona, a Winnipeg neighbourhood. The hard-edged physical structure takes its cues from the industrial history of Transcona while the ephemeral images lining the stage and floating above it, reflect the community’s extensive network of well-loved parks and natural spaces.


Integration of the stage into the urban park was of prime importance. The park layout was predetermined, as was the footprint of the stage structure. It was important that the stage function not only as a piece of public art but as a performance venue with good acoustics and that met accessibility requirements. Additionally, the stage had to be designed to incorporate elaborate machinery (located in the right wing of the stage) for the fountain in the forecourt.


There was a high degree of collaboration required between artist, landscape architects (the prime consultant), architect, structural engineer, City of Winnipeg (owners), Transcona BIZ (client), Winnipeg Arts Council (public art funder) and the general contractor.

Additional Information

The commissioned artwork is the entire stage structure. To that end, my work included the design of the stage structure itself as a piece of public art as well as the photographic panels.