the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners

Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners

Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners
Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners, Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

A “blind” jury has announced the 2015 winners of the international Warming Huts competition. Selected from 100 entries, two winning “shelter” designs and one “installation” design were awarded. Each winning proposal will be constructed in January alongside the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world: the Red River Mutual Rivertrail in Winnipeg, Canada. More about the winning designs, and four other highlighted proposals, after the break.

Installation Winner: Recycling Words / KANVA (Montreal)

Installation Winner: Recycling Words / KANVA (Montreal). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Installation Winner: Recycling Words / KANVA (Montreal). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

Recycling Words is an interactive art installation that assembles everyday objects and words to create a playful river narrative. Drawing reference to the physical and vocal exchanges that historically flocked the Red and Assiniboine rivers on canoe, Recycling Words offers a new cultural and social means of gathering along the Red River Mutual Trail.

The installation is composed of fifty recycled chairs and fifty pairs of recycled skis that are fastened together using metal connectors. Each unit is painted neon-pink and stenciled with a unique word along its back. Diffused across the length of the Red River Mutual Trail, Recycling Words creates a visual explosion and recognizable marker for the various access points of the Assiniboine and Red rivers.

The chair-ski combo invites the user to push, pull, sit or glide in tandem or solo, while also setting into motion other chair activities such as musical chairs, or learning how to skate. The fifty words assigned to each chair will be mindfully selected by a local art historian to enable users to physically construct improvised phrases or reconstruct narratives or memories of Winnipeg based on the infamous fridge magnet game. Using words and materials of the place, Recycling Words offers a sustainable art installation that allows users to reconstruct old stories and make new memories along Winnipeg’s Red River Mutual Trail this winter. KANVA looks forward to the opportunity of participating in this collaborative endeavor.

Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto)

Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

The portable hole - first developed by Prof. Calvin Q. Calculus in the 1955 Looney Tunes animation, “The Hole Thing” and later sold by the Acme Company - has a troubled history. Almost right from inception, the ominous, mobile void was put to use for evil purposes - first as an effective enabler for a vicious crime spree and later as a means to capture the American desert fowl Geococcyx californianus or as it is commonly known as, “the Roadrunner”. It is important to note that the later use always ended up with the direct opposite result than that of the intended; which is likely why the portable hole is no longer commercially available. This proposal takes as a starting point the portable hole, and by utilizing modern paint technologies, adds color. The resultant 1’-6” diameter holes - which can be located anywhere along the snowy banks of the Assiniboine or Red River – are resistant to being co-opted by evil forces (including the greyness of soul-sucking foul weather) due to the sheer cheeriness of the palette of introduced color. Further, a large, bright and yellow 10’ diameter hole is horizontally located in a 35’ long snow drift and provides skaters a warm and sheltering burrow in the snowy river bank. Since they have an inside and outside, the holes also furnish the shelter with an abundance of light and sky views.

Shelter Winner: This Big / Tina Soli & Luca Roncoroni (Dorebak Akershus)

Shelter Winner: This Big / Tina Soli & Luca Roncoroni (Dorebak Akershus). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Shelter Winner: This Big / Tina Soli & Luca Roncoroni (Dorebak Akershus). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

Eric drills a small hole in the ice. He unfolds his chair and sits down. He pours a cup of hot coffee, and he sinks a bait in the deep, dark water. He waits. He drinks some more coffee. He waits. Finally, Eric gets a fish so big that it doesn’t make it through the hole. He cuts the line and he goes home with a story to tell… “It was this big!”

The story is a good one, the fish gets bigger by the day, and the myth grows. Somebody is impressed, somebody is curious, somebody is laughing. But one day the fish wants to tell the story itself, the fish wants its 15 minutes of fame… That day is today. No more story telling. No more myth.

THIS BIG is the connection between two worlds: under and over the ice. We could say it is a “semantic installation” or a “social anthropological statement”, but it is actually an ice sculpture, a big toy.

By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.)

By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

Warming Hut Additions: Mirror Cloaking / University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)

Warming Hut Additions: Mirror Cloaking / University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Warming Hut Additions: Mirror Cloaking / University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

Warming Hut Additions: RAW:almond (Winnipeg)

Warming Hut Additions: RAW:almond (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
Warming Hut Additions: RAW:almond (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

6043 / Designed & Constructed by Kelvin High School (Winnipeg)

6043 / Designed & Constructed by Kelvin High School (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts
6043 / Designed & Constructed by Kelvin High School (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts

More information about the competition and each highlighted project, here

View the complete gallery

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners" 01 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/573807/warming-huts-v-2015-competition-winners/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments