Winning Warming Hut Designs Unveiled at The Forks

Nuzzles, designed by Raw Design Inc. from Toronto, is one of three warming hut winners for 2014. (HANDOUT)

The winning designs for the 2014 warming huts were unveiled Tuesday at The Forks.

Nuzzles (Toronto), Red Blanket (Toronto) and Windshield (Vancouver) will join three of the previous year’s winning huts for a total of six.

“We got 190 submissions from all over the world, and the three chosen by our “blind” jury were Canadian,” said Paul Jordan, chief operating ffficer. “So, without knowing where they were from when judging, our jury of architects, engineers and artists chose from our own backyard so to speak.”

The Forks has also once again invited renowned Manitoba artist and architect Étienne Gaboury to the competition.

Gaboury’s design celebrates the 45th season of the Festival du Voyageur including some iconic clothing and symbols from the voyageur.

Students from the University of Manitoba are the fifth entry with their hut entitled Skybox, while Red River Mutual is teaming up with Kelvin High School to have its students create a yet-to-be-revealed hut.

Construction of the huts will begin in early January and will be on the river trail the third week of that month, weather permitting.

The Forks also announced naming rights for the river trail to Red River Mutual, while Arctic Glacier retains naming rights to the winter park for another five years.

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