Submitted for the 2013 City of Winnipeg Warming Huts Competition, this proposal looks to capitalize on the paradox that skating - like winter itself - can evoke both a sense of the solitary and communal. The shelters are meant to be robust and intimate, but gather to form a small community. Coming upon them, large families might subdivide for more private conversations and the exchange of childrens’ secrets; strangers for a brief moment of shared anonymous intimacy.
Robust, intimate, and gathered to make a small community.
The shelters themselves echo the abstraction that winter applies to the landscape: not formless, per se, but appearing monolithic and possessing both a familiarity and strangeness. Inside, lined with thick flannel, the warming huts are more mitten than shelter, subtly lit and offering controlled views through the entry and slatted lanterns.