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Winners of 2020 Warming Hut competition on display at the Forks

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Global's Marek Tkach looks at the three teams selected as winners of this year’s 2020 WARMING HUTS: And Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice at The Forks – Jan 24, 2020

Three teams have been selected as winners of this year’s 2020 WARMING HUTS: And Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice at The Forks.

Of the nearly 200 submissions from all over the world this year, the winning structures hail from Japan, France and Calgary.

The huts will be unveiled to the public on Friday, Jan. 24, and will be on display until the end of the skating season.

This year, due to the river trail not being open for skating, the warming huts will be placed throughout The Forks site for residents to see.

Forest Village – Ashida Architect & Associates Co. – Japan

Forest Village design concept – The Forks. The Forks

The architectural team from Japan chose to submit a Forrest Village for their 2020 entry. Team members Masato Ashida and Adrian Stecheweh are in Winnipeg for the weekend to oversee the construction of the huts.

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The structures were originally designed to be made out of straw but instead were made from cattails as there is an abundance of the plant in Manitoba.

Forest Village – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.
Forest Village – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.

Thursday morning, crews were assembling the warming hut. The design was brought to life by using a mechanism created by Dave Froese from The Forks. Instead of hand-rolling the bales, Froese invented a Cattail baler.

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Construction crew member Stepfan Quiring using the Cattail baler. Malika Karim / Global News
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Forest Village design one of the 2020 Warming Huts v.2020 competition winners at The Forks – Jan 23, 2020

S[HOVEL] – Modern Office – Calgary

S[HOVEL] design concept – The Forks. The Forks
The design team from Calgary chose to create a small shelter or hovel, S(shovel), for their submission as an ode to the off-the-shelf article of winter, a snow shovel.

The warming hut will be made of 194 aluminum shovels. The team said they challenged themselves to design a warming hit that could be built and subsequently disassembled using only a wrench and hand drill.

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S[HOVEL] – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.
S[HOVEL] – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.
S[HOVEL] – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.

The Droombok – Onomiau – France

The Droombok design concept – The Forks

Submitted by a small architectural team in France — The Droombox concept is based on a mystical creature living along the river trail in Winnipeg.

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The Droombok – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.
The Droombok – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.
The Droombok – Winner of Warming Huts v.2020.

Architect Noël Picaper said the structure has a rough exterior to symbolize hard Canadian winters, with the inside made from white spray foam to mimic Canada’s snowy landscape.

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The Droombox design one of the 2020 Warming Huts v.2020 competition winners – Jan 23, 2020

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