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Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects

  • 01:00 - 17 May, 2011
Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects
Winnipeg Skating Shelters / Patkau Architects, © James Dow
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Architects

    Patkau Architects
  • Project Team

    Tyler Brown, Matthew Bunza, James Eidse, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Thomas Schroeder, Luke Stern, Peter Suter
  • Structural Advisor

    Annalisa Meyboom
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. Winnipeg is a city of 600,000 residents located on the Canadian prairie. It is the coldest city of its size outside of Siberia. Winter can last six months. So learning to celebrate winter - learning to take advantage of the opportunities that winter provides - makes sense.

© James Dow
© James Dow

The Red and the Assiniboine Rivers meet in the centre of the city, and in winter, when plowed of snow, skating trails many miles long are created. But with temperatures that drop to minus 30 and 40 for long periods of time, and winds that can make minus 30 feel like minus 50, creating opportunities to find shelter from the wind greatly enhances the ability to use the river skating trails. Therefore, a program has developed to sponsor the design and construction of temporary shelters located along the skating trails.

© James Dow
© James Dow

Our proposal consists of a cluster of intimate shelters, each accommodating only a few people at a time. They are grouped in a small ‘village’ (or ‘herd’, or ‘school’, or ’flock’, or ‘flotilla’) to form a collective . . . of ‘something’ . . . irreducible to a single interpretation. They stand with their backs to the wind like buffalo, seeming to have life and purpose as they huddle together shielding each other from the elements.

© James Dow
© James Dow

Each shelter is formed of thin, flexible plywood which is given both structure and spatial character through bending/deformation. Skins, made of 2 layers of 3/16th inch thick flexible plywood, are cut in patterns and attached to a timber armature which consists of a triangular base, and wedge shaped spine and ridge members. (The ridge is a line to negate the gravity loads of snow.) Experiments in our workshop with a full-scale prototype mapped the stresses of bending. Stress points were relieved by a series of cuts and openings. The form of the shelter is a resultant of this process of stressing/deforming and then releasing stress.

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© James Dow

Grouping the shelters into a cluster begins with the relationship of two, and their juxtaposition to qualify the size and accessibility of their entrance openings. This apparently casual pairing is actually achieved by a precise 120 degree rotation. Three pairs (one with mirror reflection) are then placed in relation to one another through a secondary rotation of 90 degrees to form the cluster and define an intermediate ‘interior’ space within the larger grouping. Together, the shelters create dynamic solar/wind relationships that shift according to specific orientation, time of day and environmental circumstance.

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33 Comments

Małgorzata · March 23, 2015

Too many Patkau project in one day !

AllAboutDoor&Windows · July 04, 2012

Little shelters for skaters in Winnipeg--these look like flower petal huts. And we love it. http://t.co/UpsM3JBE #canada

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Michael Huber · May 20, 2011

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Phil Wilson · May 18, 2011

I love seeing projects on ArchDaily by Canadian Architects!

It would be nice to see a detail of how the shelters attach to the ice to avoid wind loads.. and possibly flipping over. Maybe this is avoided by the weight of the structures? (probably not..)

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PatrickLBC · May 18, 2011

Very nice... The forms are biophilic and the materials look warm and inviting.

I wish there was a plan so we could see the rotations and reflections discussed in the last paragraph.

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JayM · May 17, 2011

A cool, inspiring project! It's neat to see projects for winter use, as most parks and recreation areas in cool climates are practically deserted in wintertime.

John-David Carling · May 17, 2011

where is the book mark for this proyecto!

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