Winter Stations launches 10th annual design competition

In celebration of its 10-year milestone, Winter Stations is calling on local and international designers to reimagine installations from the past.

the (Home) by Scott Shields Architects, Canada
Photo credit: Phil Marion

Winter Stations recently launched its 10th annual design competition and is calling on local and international designers to reimagine installations from the past to celebrate the milestone.

Winter Stations was launched in 2014 by RAW Architects, Ferris + Associates and Curio to challenge local and international designers to transform the utilitarian lifeguard stations along Toronto’s beaches into works of public art. The competition, which attracts more than 8,000 visitors each year, has seen entries from more than 90 countries.

The theme chosen for the 2024 edition is “Resonance,” in celebration of the 10-year milestone. Meant to “celebrate a decade of resonating with hearts and minds,” the theme aims to capture the artistic legacy and impact of Winter Stations while inviting the community to reflect on past installations.

“We are excited to be launching the 10th annual Winter Stations competition and bringing a milestone opportunity to showcase artists from around the world here in Toronto,” said RAW Design, architect Dakota Wares-Tani. “The theme for this year’s competition invites a reflection into the 10 years of Winter Stations and the impact a public art program can have. We encourage anyone interested to submit their design before December 1st.”

Delighthouse by Nick Green and Greig Pirrie, United Kingdom
Photo credit: Jonathan Sabeniano

The event will take place outdoors in the expanse of the beach with designs that may be experienced up close, from afar, in person and virtually.

All 2024 installations will be temporarily built for six weeks and must be able to withstand Toronto’s winter weather. Installations will be unveiled on Family Day Weekend in Canada (February 19, 2024) and will be available for viewing until March 31, 2024.

Registrations are now open for the competition with the deadline for submissions on December 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners will be announced early January. There is no fee to enter the competition which welcomes entries from all around the world. The winning teams will be rewarded $2,000 (CAD).

Designers are  encouraged to visit the archive and choose a previous installation as a source to inspire their designs.

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