5468796 architecture

5468796 architecture

Winnipeg, MB, CA


OMS Stage

OMS Stage (“The Cube”) is an open-air performance venue situated in Old Market Square, an iconic green space and summer festival hub in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. In 2009, 5468796 won an invited competition with a multi-functional design that throws out the old bandshell concept on the grounds that when a conventional stage is not in use it looks forlorn - especially through the city's long winters. The first phase of construction was completed in 2010, while work for the second phase was finalized for the 2013 festival season.

A concrete structure enclosed by a flexible metal membrane, The Cube functions as a multipurpose environment. The membrane is composed of 20,000 identical hollow aluminum pieces strung together on aircraft cables through pre-cut holes. The orientation of the pieces alternates, forming a malleable and shimmering curtain - a contemporary take on medieval chain mail that can stand like a wall, be pulled in to reveal the performance space, or function as a light-refracting surface - allowing it to morph into a projection screen, concert venue, shelter or sculptural object. The curtain’s flexibility also allows for acoustical fine tuning.

When the stage is closed, internal lighting refracts through the mesh so that the The Cube softly glows on the outside. An internal projector also enables images to be projected on the front curtain. The membrane's diamond extrusions capture and refract light and images to their outer surface, creating a unique pixel matrix for artists to appropriate at will.

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Status: Built
Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA

James Brittain Photography
James Brittain Photography