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Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches

Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches
Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches, In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

Seven winter stations have been erected along Toronto’s beaches adding color and refuge to the shoreline during the winter months. Part of the annual Winter Stations design competition, this year’s theme was “Freeze/Thaw,” which asked participants to respond to “the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter.”

Four professional designs and three student designs were built this year, transforming existing lifeguard stations into vibrant installations. A community fire place was also designed and implemented by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. The installations will stay open until March 19, 2016. View images of each winter station after the break.

Floating Ropes | MUDO (Elodie Doukhan and Nicolas Mussche). Montreal, Canada

Floating Ropes. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
Floating Ropes. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

Flow | Calvin Fung and Victor Huynh. Toronto, Canada

Flow. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
Flow. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

In the Belly of a Bear | Caitlind r.c Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee. Calgary, Canada

In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

SAUNA | FFLO (Claire Furnley and James Fox), Kent, UK

Sauna. Image © James Fox
Sauna. Image © James Fox

Aurora Borealis | Laurentian University. Sudbury, Ontario.

Aurora Borealis. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
Aurora Borealis. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

Project team: Chris Baziw, Ra'anaa Brown, Trevor D'Orazio, Andrew Harkness, Matthew Hunter, Danielle Kastelein and Terrance Galvin, Director of Architecture, Laurentian University

The Steam Canoe | OCADU. Toronto, Ontario 

The Steam Canoe. Image © Khristel Stecher
The Steam Canoe. Image © Khristel Stecher

Project team: Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim, Jason Wong and Mark Tholen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, OCADU

Lithoform | Ryerson. Toronto, Ontario

Lithoform. Image © Khristel Stecher
Lithoform. Image © Khristel Stecher

Project team: Remi Carreiro, Aris Peci and Vincent Hui, Associate Professor, Ryerson University 

Community Beach Fireplace | Douglas Cardinal

Fire Place. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
Fire Place. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

Learn more about each of the winning designs, here.

News via Toronto Winter Stations Design Competition

Cite: Katie Watkins. "Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches" 19 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/782386/whimsical-winter-stations-warm-torontos-beaches/>