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Sculptural wooden warming huts

Three teams will be selected as winners of the competition from submissions of designs for a warming hut or art installation. Winning entries will be placed along the River Trail at The Forks of the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A jury will select the winning designs based on their creativity in use of materials, providing shelter, poetics of assembly and form, integration with the landscape, and ease of construction.

In winter, the rivers are used as an alternate route to access downtown by foot, bike, skates and skis. There are opportunities for curling, hockey and much more. With many access points, the River Trail, is a link between communities in Winnipeg. Weather in Winnipeg during the months of January and February can be extremely cold with temperatures reaching below – 30C. Teams are encouraged to engage the effects of solar radiation, wind chill, and the constantly shifting landscape of the snow-covered river. The depth of the ice on the Assiniboine and Red River at the end of January can be as deep as 1 meter thick.

From a list of ten finalists, the three highest ranking projects will undergo a technical review, based on which the winners will be declared. Winning entrants will be notified and requested to develop construction drawings for submission to a technical committee. Design development will involve input from the technical committee to ensure that construction is feasible and within budget.


This call for entries is open to all architects, students of architecture, landscape architects, interior designers, artists and industrial designers who have a proven portfolio of design work. It is the intention of this competition to foster and encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams.

Submission Requirements

Entries must be sent electronically as PDF files not exceeding 5MB each, in English, and shall include 2 documents as follows:

1. Design Submission Sheets

  • Page One (11” x 17” or A3): Project Summary
    • A 150-word text describing the concept and presenting the experience offered to the visitors
    • Layout of selected images & drawings describing the project
  • Page Two (11” x 17” or A3): Images & drawings
    • Four main views or elevations of the hut indicating size and specific indication of materials (entrant is free to choose the scale)
    • A perspective showing the hut in its entirety

2. Team Information Sheets Four (4) page maximum, (8.5”x11” or A4)

  • Name of the project followed by your unique registration number
  • Design team member names with brief CV
  • Name of contact person, including contact coordinates
  • A 100-word description of the team, highlighting the strength of this multidisciplinary association
  • Artist Information: Name, location, and date of recent publications, exhibits, or performances
  • Architect Information: Name of Professional Association to which the architect or intern member is registered
  • Four images of selected projects for which team members have been responsible, followed with a brief description of each project

Selection Criterion

  • Creativity of response to creating the shelter or installation on the prefabricated skids
  • The originality, coherence and clarity of the design
  • Durability of the project
  • Cost and ease of fabrication
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