RAW wins 2014 warming huts competition with nuzzles
all photos courtesy of raw design




toronto-based raw design has won the 2014 warming huts competition with ‘nuzzles’. presenting an open theme, the brief of the design-build competition calls for submissions that are no taller than the existing trees of the site which is situated along the assiniboine river in winnipeg, canada. huts have to be assembled on location and each team had to include an artist. a concept signifying the tactile properties of fur was used in ‘nuzzles’, which are heated and lit at the base of each pod. constructing ‘nuzzles’ involved fashioning pool noodles onto a geodesmic shell made from aluminum tubing. the foam bristles create interactive insulating layers for users to play on or burrow in. the easy transport of the project allow the huts to be placed along the landscape, radiating color and warmth.

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rendering at night


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diagram of building process showing light and heater at base


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‘nuzzles’ being assembled with pool noodles around an aluminum frame


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people skating across the assiniboine river between the ‘nuzzles’


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users warm themselves between the foam



‘nuzzles’ bring color to ice


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child sliding down the hut


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‘nuzzles’ in their landscape



video courtesy of raw design architects