kevin erickson + allison warren: rope pavilion kevin erickson + allison warren: rope pavilion
dec 18, 2011

kevin erickson + allison warren: rope pavilion

‘rope pavilion’ by kevin erickson + allison warren, winnipeg, canada all images courtesy kevin erickson + allison warren

new york-based kevin erickson of KNE studio and allison warren have designed the ‘rope pavilion’, one of five winning proposals for the warming huts competition to be constructed this january along the assiniboine credit union river trail in winnipeg, canada. placed upon the ice, the temporary structure will provide shelter from harsh winter winds for transient visitors and ice skaters. the dome-like form is supported with a birch wood framework which has a notched profile to hold the strands of wrapped manila rope in place. the shapes undulating skin gently lifts from the ground plane to create the pavilion’s entry.

slight perforations between the striated exterior allows light to penetrate into the interior while the material’s inherent texture adds warmth to the internal atmosphere. inside, stools made from a bundle of large gauge ropes which has been secured with an outer ring are placed around the perimeter. overhead, an open oculus introduces daylight while the shape naturally retains heat.

interior of pavilion

(left) view from interior of rope facade (right) facade detail

at night

initial rendering of pavilion

outward view from seating within the pavilion


(left) test of pavilion seating formed with rope (right) detail of wrapped rope facade

site plan

floor plan / level 0



  • What an interesting building technique and sustainable structure, we need to see more of these types of designs. Really cool

    flash says:
  • now i have a reason to go to winnipeg!!

    Lana says:
  • this is the work of two of my former profs. can’t wait to see final construction photos.

    debo says:
  • It’s novel, but hardly ‘sustainable’ or ‘warming’. Birch is not the most durable timber, nor is it necessarily ethically sourced. Manila rope is prone to significant shrinkage when wet, so I wonder how the frame and rope-cladding will adjust in the variable weather conditions. I imagine the reality will be damp and somewhat gloomy, but I guess we’ll see. It’s an interesting experiment.

    Harry says:
  • Yeah I agree, it’s flawed. How will it’s shape retain the heat when the cross-winds rip through the ‘slight perforations between the striated exterior’. Nice idea, let’s see how it weathers.

    lou says:
  • love the seat

    chorley says:

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