Temporary shelter for ice skaters to be built along Winnipeg's Red River ice trail
The frozen confluence of the Red and the Assinboine Rivers in Winnipeg is one of Canada's most dynamic public spaces. The site is created by an act of nature and alive for only a season.
The form of the warming hut recalls the indigenous structures of Canada's frozen landscapes - from early teepees to contemporary ice fishing huts - and borrows from them a central (in this case radial) organization. Dropped onto this frozen public space, the shared center of the warming hut encourages chance meetings with other strangers out skating on the frozen river, and acts as a momentary social condenser, bringing together a diversity of Winnipeg citizens. Designed with Chelsie Lee and Brian White