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6 Winter Stations Warm Toronto's Frosty Beaches

6 Winter Stations Warm Toronto's Frosty Beaches

Six “Winter Stations” have been installed along Toronto’s beachfront, injecting new life into the shoreline during the Canadian city’s winter months. Completed as a result of the annual Winter Stations design competition, the six projects responded to this year’s theme of “Migration,” which sought installations that engaged with “complex social issues that surround humanity’s shaping of our global society, the flight of animals and the exchange of ideas."

Four professional and two student designs were constructed this year along Toronto’s Beach community. Bold structures sitting on the site of lifeguard stations dotted along the beach, the stations have been designed by teams from Mexico, Poland, Boston, and Toronto.

It brings our team immense pride that Winter Stations is heading into its fifth year. We wanted this year's theme to continue exploring global events while bringing design and spectacle to the water's edge. Winter Stations has always been about bringing joy, warmth, and conversation to the long, cold Canadian winter landscape.
-Roland Rom Colthoff, RAW Design & Winter Stations co-founder

Founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio, and now in its fifth year, the Winter Stations Design Competition was conceived as a way of using design to inspire Torontonians to visit the beach in the winter. Below, we have published photographs of the six winning entries for the 2019 Winter Stations Design Competiton. More information is available on the competition's official website here, and from our previous coverage of the annual event.

Above the Wall / Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA

Above the Wall by Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA. Image © Khristel Stecher
Above the Wall by Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA. Image © Khristel Stecher

Designed by Joshua Carel and Adelle York of Boston, “Above the Wall” allows visitors to climb adjoining staircases that connect at the top of a solid wall directly in between. This barrier, constructed around the existing lifeguard stand, is both a physical and symbolic barrier meant to evoke feelings and start a discussion about attempts to strengthen boundaries and physically inhibit individuals from crossing borders. The creators imagined one visitor ascending a staircase on one side of the wall, and another visitor on the other. The act of meeting in the middle is transformed into a psychologically unifying moment.

Above the Wall by Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA. Image © Khristel StecherAbove the Wall by Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA. Image © Khristel StecherAbove the Wall by Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA. Image © Khristel StecherAbove the Wall by Joshua Carel and Adelle York, Boston, USA. Image © Khristel Stecher+ 35

Mind Station / Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland

Mind Station by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland. Image © Khristel Stecher
Mind Station by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland. Image © Khristel Stecher

Created by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Mind Station provides visitors with the ability to survey the beach landscape from a new position. Once guests gather together inside the pavilion’s wall, each individual is able to stand on a circular pedestal and insert their head through the circular holes in the pavilion’s roof. While the body remains underneath the platform, the head or soul of the visitor can survey the landscape or interact with the other guests that are having a similar experience in the pavilion.

Mind Station by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland. Image © Khristel StecherMind Station by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland. Image © Khristel StecherMind Station by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland. Image © Khristel StecherMind Station by Tomasz Piotrowski and Lukasz Chaberka, Lomianki/Warsaw, Poland. Image © Khristel Stecher+ 35

The Forest of Butterflies / Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico)

The Forest of Butterflies by Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico). Image © Khristel Stecher
The Forest of Butterflies by Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico). Image © Khristel Stecher

Conceptualized by Luis Enrique Hernandez, The Forest of Butterflies represents a specific forest in Michoacan, Mexico. Each year the monarch butterfly migrates to this forest, performing a natural marvel. Many butterflies travel more than 4,000 kilometers from Canada to the Mexican forest. The beach installation is a constellation of CNC cut and assembled panels that mimic the shape of the monarch’s wing.

The Forest of Butterflies by Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico). Image © Khristel StecherThe Forest of Butterflies by Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico). Image © Khristel StecherThe Forest of Butterflies by Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico). Image © Khristel StecherThe Forest of Butterflies by Luis Enrique Hernandez (Xalapa, Mexico). Image © Khristel Stecher+ 35

Cavalcade / John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko,  Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) 

Cavalcade by John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko,  Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) . Image © Khristel Stecher
Cavalcade by John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko, Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) . Image © Khristel Stecher

Designed by John Nguyen, Victor Perez, Anton Skorishchenko, Abubaker Bajaman, and Stephen Seungwon Baik of Toronto, Canada, the Cavalcade installation explores the human quest of life, inner reflection, and social connections with an interactive design that surrounds the masked lifeguard chair at its epicenter. The designers described their artistic intentions, stating, “Cavalcade is an installation that reflects the collective spirit of human movement and transversal. Not just in the contemporary political sense of global migration, but in the consensus that the human quest for a better life is one that is timeless and universal. Cavalcade depicts people migrating towards something better.”

Cavalcade by John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko,  Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) . Image © Khristel StecherCavalcade by John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko,  Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) . Image © Khristel StecherCavalcade by John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko,  Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) . Image © Khristel StecherCavalcade by John Nguyen, Victor Perez-Amado, Anton Skorishchenko,  Abubaker Bajaman, Stephen Seunwon Baik (Toronto, Canada) . Image © Khristel Stecher+ 35

Ground² / Humber College (Toronto, Canada)

Ground² by Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Image © Khristel Stecher
Ground² by Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Image © Khristel Stecher

Ground-Squared was created by students at Humber College in Toronto. The installation combines a series of elevated platforms each placed at a different height above the beach’s sandy floor. The experience of traveling from one platform to the next is meant to evoke the journey of migration and its shifting perspectives and fluctuating boundaries. Each platform, differing only marginally in height and beach location, provides a new place of reflection for the users who are encouraged to walk and climb from one geometric plateau to the next.

Ground² by Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Image © Khristel StecherGround² by Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Image © Khristel StecherGround² by Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Image © Khristel StecherGround² by Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Image © Khristel Stecher+ 35

Chairavan / Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada)

Chairavan by Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada). Image © Khristel Stecher
Chairavan by Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada). Image © Khristel Stecher

Intuit, designed by students at Sheridan College, embraces the existing structure of the lifeguard stand by replicating the structure as a physical element that is migrating itself. By manipulating the scale, position, and direction of the stand, the installation causes visitors to examine patterns in placement and location - exploding the familiar.

Chairavan by Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada). Image © Khristel StecherChairavan by Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada). Image © Khristel StecherChairavan by Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada). Image © Khristel StecherChairavan by Sheridan College (Mississauga, Canada). Image © Khristel Stecher+ 35

News via: The Winter Stations International Design Competition

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8 Architectural Winter Stations Brighten Up Toronto's Beaches

Eight "Winter Stations" have been installed along Toronto's beachfront, injecting new life into the shoreline during the Canadian city's winter months. Completed as a result of the annual Winter Stations design competition, the eight projects responded to this year's theme of "Catalyst," which sought installations that "open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors" while considering how materials may be repurposed or reused for future iterations.

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "6 Winter Stations Warm Toronto's Frosty Beaches" 21 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/911820/6-winter-stations-warm-torontos-frosty-beaches> ISSN 0719-8884
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