Warming up with Workshop Architecture

Toronto-based Workshop Architecture Inc. is happy to announce that it was selected from almost 200 entries as one of three winners of the Winnipeg Warming Huts competition.

This competition, endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects, invited architects from all over the world to submit proposals for warming huts online. The jury blindly chose three submissions that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art.” This year the three winners are Canadian, with two of the winning entries coming from Toronto (Raw Design Inc. as well as Workshop Architecture) and one from Vancouver (Kate Busby & Bella Totino).  
In addition to the three winning open submissions, there will also be one hut from a separate University of Manitoba competition, one from the local invited architect Étienne Gaboury, and one hut from Kelvin High School’s drafting program.

To see all six designs, visit http://workshoparchitecture.ca/news-press.html


“‘Red blanket’ will be a visual marker against the surrounding white winter palette. It will be seen by skaters far in the distance. First as a red speck, then, as you skate closer, you will see the dense fabric panels swaying under heavy winds. The wall of thick felt will be angled to protect skaters from the prevailing wind and provide a sunny spot. Each of the 10 panels is sized to be the width and length of a single roll of bright-red felted wool. A rod will be affixed at each panel’s top end and hung from the underside of one of the bridges crossing the Assiniboine or Red River. The bottom ends of these monumental-scaled panels will act as a warm blanket for people to wrap themselves in, one or two at a time.”


The year 2013 has been a big one for Workshop Architecture Inc. The firm was named 2013 Best Emerging Practice by the OAA; won a Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit for the Green Line Ideas Competition; presented its work at IIDEX and Harbourfront Centre (the exhibit “School Work” is on until the end of December).

For more info, visit http://workshoparchitecture.ca/