Winning Warming Hut Designs Unveiled at The Forks

Weave Wave is a warming hut designed by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture students. It’s one of five entries in the 2013 Warming Huts competition at The Forks. (HANDOUT)

The Forks on Thursday revealed which 2013 Warming Hut designs from about 100 entries will make it on the frozen river trail this winter.

The annual architecture competition keeps skaters and other users of the river trail warm while making the trek down stream when the weather gets chilly.

Five new huts will make it on the ice this year, making dynamic use of textures and sensory materials.

“Not all of the huts look extremely out of the ordinary from a distance. However, once visitors get up close and personal with the structures they are in for a real surprise,” said Paul Jordan, chief operating officer of The Forks. “The choice of materials being used by this year’s architects is extremely innovative and thoughtful. We think they will really wow the crowds and invite them to engage with the huts on a whole new level.”

Entries this year include “Big City” from Montreal, “Hygge House” from Winnipeg, “Woolhaus” from New York, “Smokehouse” from Cambridge, Mass., and “Weave Wave” from University of Manitoba students.

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