Inspired by the sweeping Manitoba prairie and designed for ease of use, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport terminal provides expansive views and effortless navigation for travelers. The building’s transparency establishes a rare sense of place while helping to orient passengers.
The boundless prairie horizon is central to the design of the building, which is long and low with a floating silvery roof. Skylights, an atrium, and clerestory windows fill the terminal with light and bring the big sky inside. There are views through the building to the airfield, across the prairie, and to downtown Winnipeg. Glass boarding bridges orient arriving passengers, giving them an immediate glimpse into the terminal. Billowing slatted wood ceilings and wood-paneled walls, similar in color to Manitoba wheat fields, create a warm and welcoming environment.