Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition On Ice v.2022

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Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition On Ice v.2022

July 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - October 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm CDT


Warming Huts + Art Installation

Three teams will be selected as winners of the WARMING HUTS COMPETITION: Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice from submissions of designs for a warming hut or art installation. Winning entries will be placed along the River 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.

Deadline for Submission:

The deadline for submission to the Warming Huts Competition: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm CST.

Further Information:

Peter Hargraves, MAA, OAA, RAIC Event Producer
p. 204.415.3906 e. w.
Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition On Ice


The huts or installations are placed along the River 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 River Trail is a link between communities in Winnipeg. The River 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 – 30C. 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.

Competition Jury:

The jury reviews every project and through a process of elimination selects ten projects for scrutiny. From the list of ten finalists, the top five will be ranked in order and the three highest-ranking projects will then undergo a technical review. Based on the outcome of the technical review, the winners will be declared. NB: Team information is not provided to the jury until after the projects are ranked. This is referred to as a “blind” jury.

Jury Members: Kevin Loewen, Graham Hogan, Richard Kroeker, Clare MacKay, Sasa Radulovic, Bob Somers, Johanna Hurme, Michael Scatliff.

Winning entrants will be notified and requested to develop construction drawings for submission to a technical committee. Design development will involve input from the technical committee to ensure that construction is feasible and within budget.

Eligibility for the 2022 Competition:

This call for entries is open to all architects, students of architecture, landscape architects, interior designers, artists, and industrial designers who have a proven portfolio of design work. It is the intention of this competition to foster and encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams.

To submit your design proposal, go to

The deadline to receive proposals electronically is Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 2:00pm CST.

Proposals may be presented as part of an online exhibition. By taking part in this call for proposals, entrants authorize Warming Huts: Art & Architecture Competition on Ice, to make public, exhibit and disseminate their proposals.


July 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am CDT
October 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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Sputnik Architecture Inc.
(204) 415 3906
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The Forks
1 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4L9 Canada
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(204) 942-6216
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