warming huts constructed along winnipeg's frozen rivers warming huts constructed along winnipeg's frozen rivers
feb 19, 2015

warming huts constructed along winnipeg's frozen rivers

warming huts constructed along winnipeg’s frozen rivers
photography by douglas little, the forks

 

 

 

warming huts is an open competition that encourages both established and emerging practices to design temporary structures to be built along the assiniboine river in the canadian city of winnipeg. for 2015’s submissions, documented below, entries either fell into the ‘shelter’ or ‘installation’ category. read on for more information on each of the projects.

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‘mirror cloaking’ by university of manitoba (winnipeg, canada)

 

 

 

using the concept of one-way mirrors and polished stainless steel panels, ‘mirror cloaking’ has been designed to appear as part of the winter landscape. the project, completed by the university of manitoba, plays with the idea that the enclosed structure allows visitors to find warmth within the vast open space.

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‘the hybrid hut’ by rojkind arquitectos (méxico city, méxico)

 

 

 

acclaimed mexico-based practice rojkind arquitectos were invited to build an installation in addition to the competition’s other chosen entries. named the ‘hybrid hut’, the complex timber structure invites skaters and other passersby to enter the pavilion’s relative warmth by ducking their heads to enter.

warming huts at the forks winnipeg canada designboom
see designboom’s previous coverage of rojkind arquitectos’ pavilion here

warming huts at the forks winnipeg canada designboom
‘the hole idea’ by weiss architecture & urbanism limited (toronto, canada)

 

 

 

this design, by weiss architecture & urbanism limited, takes the portable hole as a starting point, and by utilizing modern paint technologies, adds color. a large, bright yellow void is horizontally located in a long snow drift that provides skaters with a warm and sheltering burrow. since they have both an inside and an outside, the holes also furnish the shelter with an abundance of light and sky views.

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a large, bright yellow void is horizontally located in a long snow drift

warming huts at the forks winnipeg canada designboom
‘this big’ by tina soli & luca roncoroni (dorebak akershus, norway)

 

 

 

designed by the norway-based duo tina soli & luca roncoroni, ‘this big’ is an ice sculpture that depicts a large fish emerging from the frozen river.

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the sculpture depicts a large fish emerging from the icy river

warming huts at the forks winnipeg canada designboom
the chris and kine art gallery

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the exhibition space is the first ever art gallery on the red river mutual trail

warming huts at the forks winnipeg canada designboom
‘6043’ designed & constructed by kelvin high school (winnipeg, canada)
supported by red river mutual

 

 

 

designed by students from the local kelvin high school, the reference point for this hut stems from two things; the recognizable train at assiniboine park, and the tradition of riding the rails during the great depression. when users sit inside the hut they experience a similar viewpoint to those riding the rails, looking out past the grill with tracks laid out in front of them. the structure itself is quite simple with five monolithic faces intersecting to create a well-protected meeting place.

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‘recycling words’ by KANVA (montreal, canada)

 

 

 

conceived by KANVA the ‘recycling words’ installation is composed of fifty chairs and fifty pairs of skis that are fastened together using metal connectors. each unit is painted neon-pink and stenciled with a unique word on its back. diffused across the length of the red river mutual trail, ‘recycling words’ creates a recognizable marker for the various access points of the assiniboine and red rivers.

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the ‘RAW:almond’ restaurant designed by OS31, (united kingdom)

  • Cloaking is beautiful.. but ‘6043’ gets my vote as the most creative with the added bonus it was by young people. Kudos!

    Jim

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