This year’s winter temperatures were unseasonably warm causing the Assiniboine and Red rivers to freeze at a much slower pace than previous years. As a result we needed to select an alternate site to provide both solid grounding as well as site conditions that would allow us to create a strong cable net structure to raise our fabric shell.
Adjacent to our initial site there is a converted train bridge that has since become a pedestrian pathway for the Forks Park. The bridge was designed with a large concrete counterweight which would allow it to be lifted allowing ships to pass underneath. The existing steel framing and concrete structure acted as excellent anchor points for us to design a new cable system. Because of the preliminary research in how to design a cable net system and develop an origami structure that was able to be shaped to suit a unique site, we were able to adapt to the new site constraints in short order. The building form came about out of a negotiation of the skating path and walking trail that moved through the building as well as the new geometric boundaries set up by the new overhead cable net. The final building design proposed the creation of a 28’ wide, 38’ long, and 12’ high space enclosed by a folded cotton (96%) and spandex (4%) blended fabric origami structure.