In 1994, a group
of educators initiated Vic Wyatt House, a not-for
profit project to commemorate the life and work of
Vic Wyatt, an important member of the educational
community in Manitoba.
Vic Wyatt House is a life lease apartment complex and the long-term administrative home of the St. Vital Teacher’s Society. The 64 suite project has a mix of one and two bedroom apartments. Public spaces include offices, a laundry, exercise and craft spaces, a hairdresser, a main hall, a greenhouse, a roof terrace, and a large private courtyard.
The Teachers Society area includes a library, meeting rooms, and offices. With its picturesque setting on the Seine River, and its relatively affluent residents, the project demanded a high quality building that included a variety of public spaces, and a pleasant relationship to the riverbank areas. In order to maintain a low-rise character for a large building, the building consists of two blocks connected by the main community facilities that extend to a central “European” courtyard. Having both open and enclosed community spaces allows for continuous use of the public areas throughout the year providing a level of community and spatial richness often neglected in apartment living.