APC Greenhouse 


Treaty 1, Winnipeg, MB


9,000 sq ft 





The People

Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) is a non-profit organization responsible for the management and operation of Assiniboine Park and Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada.

As part of this operation and management plan, a new greenhouse facility was to be designed and constructed to support the horticultural aspects of the Park and Zoo, and to cater to The Leaf – Canada’s Diversity Gardens.

f-BLOK was engaged alongside SMS Engineering, Crosier Kilgour & Partners, and KGS Group to collaborate on a solution that would address APC’s needs.

The Process

The Product

The greenhouse building supports all horticulture activities for Assiniboine Park Conservancy and allows for growing plants year-round. f-BLOK worked together with APC through an integrated design process to define six guiding principles which were essential to the projects’ success: 

  • budget
  • supporting The Leaf – Canada’s Diversity Gardens
  • supporting the ornamental horticulture of the Park and Zoo
  • safe workplace
  • efficient and lean operations
  • sustainability and conservation

Interesting features of the building include automatically operated roof elements and manually-operable walls, allowing for greater climate control and a rainwater collection system integrated into the building, as rainwater is more suitable for plant growth than chlorinated city water. 


Photography by David Lipnowski.

As part of a continued relationship with APC, the greenhouse project has led to further collaborations on other projects at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, including renovations to their cougar/lynx exhibit.


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