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Valentine's Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart

Valentine's Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart

Capturing the spirit of the annual Warming Huts design competition, Paris and Barcelona-based architecture firm Kilometrezero, or KM(0), has developed this conceptual project for a warming hut in Winnipeg. Fondly referred to as the "Valentine's Day concept" and aptly named KM(3) – Warming Heart, the project is intended as an inviting space for visitors to escape the winter chill between sports activities, and a symbolic structure that visually evokes the idea of warmth.

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Concept Diagram
Concept Diagram

Working from the firm's interpretation of what defines a warming hut, the Warming Heart combines three key components: refuge, warmth, and rest. Aside from providing these basic necessities to ice-skaters, however, the reference to "Heart" in the project's name is derived from the association of a heart with warmth and coziness. To uphold this connection in its design, the Warming Heart strives to provide a place of rest and refuge, but with a cozy atmosphere that encourages guests to stay awhile. Additionally, "Heart" is a creative play on words, combining its structure (hut) with its sculptural quality (art).

Courtesy of Kilometrezero
Courtesy of Kilometrezero

Physically embodying a heart through its shape, the Warming Heart also embodies the concept in its technology. A hydraulic system of red hoses runs the height of the structure's wood frame and provides warmth for the people inside by being pumped with a heated anifreeze mixture, similar to a radiator. The pressure within the hoses can be increased to further remind visitors of a heart, as the hoses expand and contract in pulses, producing the structure's heartbeat.   

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Cite: Holly Giermann. "Valentine's Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart" 14 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/599100/valentine-s-day-concept-by-kilometrezero-is-sure-to-warm-your-heart> ISSN 0719-8884
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