MANITOBA INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EDUCATION CENTRE (M.I.C.E.C)
Accessible Entrance & Interior Renovation
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Client: Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Centre
Awards: 2010 Winnipeg Accessibility Award & 2011 Preservation Award for Excellence
The renovation and restoration of the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Centre was centred around the desire to create an accessible community place for the celebration of Indigenous culture, language and education. Integral to this intent was the need to create an accessible public entrance, as the original building could only be accessed by an exterior set of stairs. This goal was realized by lowering the entire main floor, which allows the building to now be accessed at grade level. In addition to new landscaping at the front of the building, the new main entrance allows the building to become an inviting public space, integrated with the pedestrian walkways around it.
Within the Centre, an accessible teaching kitchen - complete with accessible appliance and multi-height countertops - creates a flexible learning environment that can be enjoyed by users of all ages and abilities. Additionally, lighting played a key role in creating consistent, high levels of visibility throughout the project. Recessed lights located along the base of the staircase gently illuminate the path of travel, while assisting in differentiating the change in height.