In partnership with Osborne Village Biz,
Sputnik Architecture Inc was involved in the re-imagining of three signage kiosks
and the Bell Tower, located in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village. The existing kiosks and Bell Tower have
served as landmarks within the community for many years and were in need of a
refresh. Given their prominent
locations, an update would also allow the community to increase visibility and
advertising for local businesses and Village events through the incorporation
of digital displays.
The reimagined Osborne Bridge Kiosk
design is a play on the existing adjacent and historic bridge counter weight, being
similar in construction materials and form. It acts as a gateway into Osborne
Village from the north, containing digital displays for advertising and
The new design for the Circle Kiosk
is meant to acknowledge and celebrate the somewhat negative but also well-known
and widely used name for the plaza space at River and Osborne. The steel
structure is re-painted annually with a new scheme, contains 2 digital
displays, and also serves as a bench and shading device.
The Confusion Corner Kiosk is a
sculpture based on the deconstructed confusion corner symbol that fits within
the boundaries of the existing concrete base below. Like the Circle Kiosk, it
is a steel structure that is painted annually with an updated scheme. It acts
as the gateway into Osborne Village from the south, and also contains multiple
digital displays to allow for visibly of advertising and Village information
from multiple vantage points.
The Bell Tower revitalization is a
re-imagining of the small plaza that currently exists at Osborne and Stradbrook.
The intent is to create a space that encourages community engagement, and would
include a converted shipping container to hold pop-up businesses, a community
garden, and open programmable space at street level. The existing Bell Tower,
ideally situated at the heart of the Village, is re-imagined as a lookout tower
to provide views of the entire Village, from one end to the other.