Pull up a seat at the 1200-foot long dining experience in Winnipeg on May 31, 2014, 7-9PM!
Storefront MB and 5468796 Architecture celebrated the culmination of Winnipeg’s Architecture Fringe Festival and the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Festival of Architecture on Saturday, May 31 by transforming the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge into a giant pop-up dining room and inviting guests to experience and discuss the power of architecture and design.
On this major civic landmark and against the backdrop of Winnipeg’s new Canadian Museum for Human Rights by Antoine Predock, the team joined together 150 tables of eight to create one continuous 1200 foot long dining table – making it one of the longest dining tables on record. Volunteer “Table Captains” decorated their tables to a theme of their choice, competing for prize money for the best table setting. Diners from across Canada – including representatives from prominent institutions, the city government, arts organizations and the general public – were notified of the event’s secret location only hours prior to the dinner. They were advised to dress for a “Winnipeg White Out”, visually underscoring the city’s emergence from a long winter, the feeling of solidarity at the event, as well as the impact of design. Meals were provided by local chefs from RAW:almond (Mandel Hitzer from Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk from RAW Gallery) along with Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services.
The event was organized as part of Storefront MB's mandate to promote the value of the spatial design disciplines to a broader public and was the finale of 5468796 Architecture's "Table for 12, Canada's 2013 Prix de Rome Project", a series of dinners held in eight cities around the world that engaged in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of architectural culture.
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Johanna Hurme Sharon Ackerman
Principal, 5468796 Architecture Inc. Board of Directors, Storefront MB