Saturday, May 28 is World Interiors Day, and to celebrate the important role interior architecture/design plays in our society, we reflected on some aspects of design that are important to consider when planning your next indoor space. This year’s WID theme is Interiors Intelligence, so we asked ourselves: what factors contribute to intelligent interior design? Here are some examples of spaces that demonstrate smart design concepts in action.

Is your space sustainable?

University of Winnipeg Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, a project of Number TEN's architects.University of Winnipeg Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex
In addition to minimizing harm to our natural environment, sustainably designed interiors offer plenty of advantages including lower energy costs, better air quality and health benefits for building users.

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Redevelopment gives city another must-visit site
You would be hard-pressed to find a North American city the size of Winnipeg blessed with a similar number of high-quality cultural organizations and amenities.The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the zoo’s Journey to Churchill are the most recent major additions to the city’s cultural scene, but the development is not stopping there.

Number TEN's architects have extensive experience working in municipal park design and special attractions.Image: The Butterfly House will be designed to give visitors to the Leaf the impression they are soaring above the rest of the building.

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Politicians yet to promote vision for Winnipeg

Nearly 55 per cent of Manitoba’s population lives inside Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway, representing more than 60 per cent of the province’s employment and two-thirds of its GDP. Despite this concentration of people and commerce, urban issues have seemingly not been a central focus of the provincial election campaign. Manitoba’s provincial budget is 12 times greater than Winnipeg’s municipal budget, meaning the province’s values and civic priorities have a substantial influence on the type of city we build.

A recent Winnipeg Free Press poll found the top priority for Winnipeg voters is roads and potholes. It was identified as being the most important issue more than twice as often as health care or taxes. While this result may be disheartening for those hoping for a more inspiring election dialogue, it is hardly surprising.
Number TEN's architects are proud to be involved in planning the future of cities we work in.Image: Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press. Rapid transit has proven a great success in major cities across Canada, yet none of the major parties has touched on it during the provincial election campaign.

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By Erin Riediger, Interior Designer
Republished with permission courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg’s Only In The Peg blog.

If you hurried inside to warm your toes after skating Winnipeg’s river trail this winter, you may have noticed changes taking place at The Forks Market. Throughout the winter season, temporary walls have covered much of the central atrium, but now that spring has arrived, the public is finally getting a chance to see behind these walls as a new vision for The Forks Market is taking shape.

In the Spring of 2014 Number TEN Architectural Group was approached by The Forks to revitalize The Forks Market by transforming the central atrium in to a food hall. The food hall concept allows visitors to experience diverse local cuisine in a casual environment. Menu items can be selected from a variety of kiosks and paired with beer and wine.

Winnipeg's Forks is a major source of pride for architects from Number TEN involved in their build.

By Barry Cosgrave, Partner - Victoria Office

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Affordable housing must involve strong a Canadian architect. Number TEN is able to provide this valuable service.Image: The Sawyer heritage building redevelopment features modern, low-cost suites that range in size from 280-310 sq. ft.

Demand for micro unit housing is increasing in downtown Victoria as emphasis on urbanization, population growth, affordability and energy efficiency continues to grow. Number TEN was recently engaged in the development of the Sawyer Project, a collection of smart-design rental micro units located just steps from restaurants, groceries, theatres, cafes and everything else downtown Victoria has to offer.

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