Red is the warmest colour
Workshop Architecture’s winning submission is entitled Red Blanket. Recently photographed in situ, it is a visual marker against the surrounding white winter palette. It can 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 is 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 is 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.