The 2015 Warming Huts Contest

This year two warming huts and one site installation will be selected from the competition to be constructed on the Rivertrail.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Pavilion
Country Winnipeg, Canada
RegDeadline 6 October 2014 GoogleCal iCal
6 October 2014 (via Online)
Eligibility Each design team must include an artist and a member of a recognized architectural association. Membership includes registered architects and intern members.

The competition this year will allow for competitors to choose between submitting a proposal that specifically approaches the narrative of public art or the narrative of shelter. By allowing for this, the competition hopes to realize a continued dialogue on the importance of both art and architecture in the public realm.
The huts and installation will be placed along the skating trail following the final week of construction. The completion of the construction of the huts will be held at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 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 millennia. In recent times, the site has developed into a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
In winter the Assiniboine River is also used as an alternate route to access downtown by foot, bike, skates and skis. There are opportunities for curling, hockey and much more. There are many access points onto the trail along the river. The skating 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.

The jury consists of previous winners from previous years and invited guest critics.

The budget for the creation and construction of each hut is $16, 500 (CAN).
This budget is divided in the following fashion:
- up to $3,500 for the designers' honorarium.
- up to $7,500 (including taxes) for the purchase of materials and/or the employment of consultants necessary for the realization of the project. This budget is managed jointly by The Forks and the designer.
- up to $4,000 for labour costs for the construction of the hut.
- up to $1,500 for Construction Management conducted by The Forks
Up to $1,000 is available for accommodation expenses and up to $ 2, 500 is available for airfare. All travel expenses are only applicable to foreign teams.

Entry Fee

Two separate PDF file (11” x 17” or A3) not exceeding 5MB each

Jury of Competition: October 10, 2014
Technical Review: October 13-17, 2014 November, 2014
Winner Announcement: November 15, 2014
Construction Documents Due, Construction Period: November, 2012 through January 27, 2015
Building Blitz: January 28-February 2, 2015

Past winners

The Forks

Official Website