Register: SEP/30/2019, Submit: SEP/30/2019, Eligibility: Architects, architecture students, landscape architects, interior designers, artists, industrial designers; individually, multidisciplinary teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 3 Winners – 16,500 CAD (Canadian dollar) (approx. 12,570 USD) for the creation and construction of each hut
Three teams will be selected as winners of the Warming Huts: And 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. 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 -30ºC. 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.
The Forks Renewal Corporation will provide construction teams, directed by a Project Manager hired by The Forks to construct and fabricate the winning projects. Teams are asked to submit final construction drawings at the beginning of November in order that the construction teams may begin the fabrication process as early as possible.
Winning teams will be invited to Winnipeg help complete their projects and install their project on the Red River Mutual Trail. Several days of activities will be planned around the celebration of the new huts with the design and construction teams. These events include speaking engagements, to both members of the public and students at the University Manitoba School of Architecture, a game of shinny hockey at the Forks against local architects, a field trip to Lake Winnipeg, and a party hosted by the Forks celebrating the winning teams. These events are intended to provide the opportunity for visitors of The Forks to engage directly with the design teams. Members of the design team will be expected to meet with media and explain their designs.
HONORARIA AND BUDGET
The budget for the creation and construction of each project is 16, 500 (CAD). This budget is divided in the following fashion:
- up to 3,500 CAD for the designers’ honorarium
- up to 7,500 CAD (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 CAD for labour costs for the construction of the project
- up to 1,500 CAD for Construction Management conducted by The Forks
Up to 1,000 CAD is available for accommodation expenses and up to 2,500 CAD is available for airfare. All travel expenses are only applicable to foreign teams.