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Three teams will be selected as winners of the WARMING HUTS COMPETITION: Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice from submissions of designs for a warming hut or art installation. Winning entries will be placed along the River Trail located on 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.


The huts or installations are placed along the River Trail at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba (www.theforks.com). The Forks is located in downtown Winnipeg, at the junction of the Red River and the Assiniboine River. The intersection of the two rivers historically has made the area a popular meeting place for over 6,000 years. In recent times, the site has developed into a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with over four million visitors annually.

In winter, the rivers are also 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. The River Trail is regularly groomed and monitored for any safety concerns. There will also be extra security at night in an attempt to prevent people from loitering or damaging the huts.

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.
Eligibility for the 2021 Competition:

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 shall include TWO (2) documents as follows:

1. Design Submission Sheets

  • Page One (11” x 17” or A3): Project Summary (include registration number)
  • 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 (include registration number)
  • 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 (this number must also appear on each Design Proposal Sheet)
  • 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
  • This information will be withheld from the jury until the final selection of winners. It will only be used to verify that winning teams include artists and registered architects or interns

Proposals may be presented as part of an online exhibition.

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