5 playfully interactive ‘Warming Huts’ transformed Toronto's waterfront into a wintertime hub

by Valentina Ieva
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Sometimes Torontonians need to be prodded into heading outdoors during the winter months. That's why Raw Design  , Ferris + Associates and Curio teamed up to launch 'Winter Stations', an open international design competition inviting artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to re-imagine one of Toronto’s most under-appreciated winterscapes. 


Snowcone, Winter Stations Grand Opening from Lisa Boulatova on Vimeo.

From Feb 16 thru March 20, five lifeguard stations lining the lake at the foot of Kew Gardens in the Beaches are transformed into interactive art to add colour, movement and humour to the landscape.

Using the theme of warmth as a guide, artists, designers and architects were challenged to turn the utilitarian lifeguard stations along Toronto’s east beaches into whimsical pieces of wintertime public art, spurring over 200 submissions from around the world.

The result: five playfully interactive ‘Warming Huts’ that have transformed Toronto's waterfront into a wintertime hub: 

- Driftwood Throne  by DM_studio 

Sling Swing  by WMB Studio (Ed Butler, Dan Wiltshire, Frances McGeown)

HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft

 - Wing Back by Tim Olson

- Snowcone by Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon and the Department of Architectural Science, (Ryerson).

Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science led a team of students to create an installation for one of the stands. Snowcone was the winning project of the Student Design Charette held within the Department of Architectural Science and became the fifth Winter Station. 

All five installations will be on display to the public along Kew/Balmy Beach until March 20, 2015.

All courtesy images Eamon MacMahon


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    Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)

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Driftwood Throne

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Sling Swing

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Wing Back

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