Warming Huts Competition 2019

Started in 2009, Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice has been melding world-class design and art with Winnipeg’s famous winters.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Pavilion
Country Winnipeg, Canada
RegDeadline 2 October 2018 GoogleCal iCal
2 October 2018 (via Online)
Eligibility All architects, students of architecture, landscape architects, interior designers, artists and industrial designers

Three teams will be selected as winners of the WARMING HUTS COMPETITION: Arts + Architecture Competiton on Ice from submissions of designs for a warming hut or art installation. Winning entries will be placed along the Red River Mutual 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 Red River Mutual 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 Red River Mutual Trail, is a link between communities in Winnipeg. The Red River Mutual 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 -300C. 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.

Kevin Loewen
Graham Hogan
Richard Kroeker
Clare MacKay
Sasa Radulovic
Bob Somers
Johanna Hurme
Michael Scatliff
Jim August

The budget for the creation and construction of each project is $16, 500 (CAN). This budget is divided in the following fashion:
- up to $3,500.00 for the designers’ honorarium
- up to $7,500.00 (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 $4,000.00 for labour costs for the construction of the project
- up to $1,500.00 for Construction Management conducted by The Forks
Up to $1,000.00 is available for accommodation expenses and up to $ 2, 500.00 is available for airfare. All travel expenses are only applicable to foreign teams.

Entry Fee

Winner Announcement: Early November, 2018
Construction Documents Due: November 14, 2018
Construction Period: November 2018 - January 23, 2019
Building Blitz (Teams travel to Winnipeg): January 23-27, 2019

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