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Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg's Frozen Rivertrail

17:00 - 19 February, 2015
Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg's Frozen Rivertrail, 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

Each year Winnipeg’s Red River Mutual Rivertrail is transformed by a series of site specific "Warming Huts" that bring life and refuge to what is the world's longest naturally frozen skating trail. The annual tradition’s popularity has grown exponentially, attracting participation from firm’s worldwide. This edition is offering visitors a highly acclaimed pop-up restaurant, a ski-through museum, and an eclectic collection of warm shelters, including a “hybrid” wood hut designed by Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos. You can see all eight completed installations, after the break.

Warming Hut Additions: Mirror Cloaking / University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts Shelter Winner: The Hole Idea / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited (Toronto). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts 6043 / Designed & Constructed by Kelvin High School (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts Warming Hut Additions: RAW:almond (Winnipeg). Image Courtesy of Warming Huts + 20

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

00:00 - 14 February, 2015
Valentine's Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart, Courtesy of Kilometrezero
Courtesy of Kilometrezero

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.

Courtesy of Kilometrezero Courtesy of Kilometrezero Concept Diagram Elevation + 7

Warming Huts v.2015 Competition Winners

00:00 - 1 December, 2014
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.

RAW Design Warms Canadian Skaters with Fur-Inspired “Nuzzles”

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
RAW Design Warms Canadian Skaters with Fur-Inspired “Nuzzles”, © RAW Design
© RAW Design

Toronto-based RAW Design has been crowned winner of the annual Warming Huts competition, which is intended to “push the envelop of design, craft and art” by encouraging architects to design innovative warming shelters along the frozen Red River Mutual Trail in Winnipeg, Canada.

Moving away from the traditional notion of an enclosed shelter, the firm’s winning proposal “Nuzzles” engages skaters with a playful arrangement of “insulated appendages” (a.k.a. pool noodles) supported by a geodesic lattice structure that is illuminated and heated from within. Users are encouraged to “nestle into the structure” and manipulate its fur-like exterior into informal resting areas.