EAST ELMWOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE (E.E.C.C.):
Accessible Kitchen & Program Planning
The fully accessible kitchen includes accessible ovens with pull out cooling racks that allow users in wheelchairs to easily cook & bake
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Client: City of Winnipeg
Budget: $4 million
Awards: 2015 City of Winnipeg Award of Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design
An exciting highlight of the community centre is the accessible kitchen. With all counters, sinks, cabinets and appliances - including the oven - designed to be meet the Winnipeg Accessibility Design Standards, the kitchen can be easily used by community members of all abilities.
As a whole, the East Elmwood Community Centre was designed around making all aspects of community life accessible by allowing all visitors - regardless of mobility levels - to be immersed in the activities of the building and surrounding grounds. This was achieved by organizing the building around a wide corridor that connects visitors entering from either end of the building. The addition of built-in benches and plenty of glazing creates a luminous, warm environment that acts as a natural public gathering space. The wall of glazing creates a strong visible connection between the indoor and outdoor activities. Visibility was integral in the design of interior program spaces; not only in providing a sense of community but also in creating a safe environment that could be easily monitored by a small staff. Through the strategic use of glazing, the interior of all main rooms are visible from many different locations.
All photographs by Jacqueline Young, Stationpoint Photographic
The East Elmwood Community Centre is built around a wide, luminous public corridor which connects both entrances to the building and acts as a natural gathering space.