Warming Huts + Art Installation

Three winning teams will be selected as winners for the WARMING HUTS COMPETITION. Winning designs of a warming hut or art installation will be located on the Red River Mutual Trail located on the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The jury will be selecting the winning designs based on their creativity in use of materials, providing shelter, poetics of assembly and form, integration with the landscape, and ease of construction.

Deadline for Submission:
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 2:00pm CST.

Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition On Ice


The huts and installations will be placed along the Red River Mutual Trail following the final week of construction.

The final construction of the huts will take place at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba ( The Forks is located in downtown Winnipeg, at the junction of the Red and the Assiniboine rivers. The intersection of the two rivers has historically made the area a popular meeting place for over 6,000 years. In recent times, the site has developed into a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

In winter, the rivers are also used as an alternate route to access the downtown by foot, bike, skates and skis. There are opportunities for curling, hockey and much more. There are many access points onto the Red River Mutual Trail, linking Winnipeg communities together. The Red River Mutual Trail is regularly groomed and monitored for any safety concerns. There will also be extra security at night in an attempt to prevent people from loitering or damaging the huts.

Competition Jury:

The jury will review every project. Through a process of elimination, the jury will select ten projects for scrutiny. From the list of ten finalists, the top five will be ranked in order and the three highest ranking projects will then undergo a technical review. Based on the outcome of the technical review, the winners will be declared. NB: Team information is not provided to the jury until after the projects are ranked.

Jury Members: Kevin Loewen, Graham Hogan, Richard Kroeker, Clare MacKay, Sasa Radulovic, Bob Somers, Johanna Hurme, Michael Scatliff, Jim August, Sara Stasiuk and Jordan Van Sewell.

Winning entrants will be notified and requested to develop construction drawings for submission to a technical committee. Design development will involve input from the technical committee to ensure that construction is feasible and within budget.

The Forks Renewal Corporation will provide construction teams, directed by a project manager hired by The Forks.

Design teams will be asked to submit final construction drawings at the beginning of November in order that the construction teams may begin the fabrication process.

Winning teams will spend time in Winnipeg as the huts are installed on the Red River Mutual Trail. Several days of activities will be planned around the celebration of the new huts with the design and construction teams. These events include speaking engagements, critiquing design studios at the University of Manitoba School of Architecture, and field trip to Lake Winnipeg. These events are intended to provide the opportunity for visitors of The Forks to engage directly with the design teams. Members of the design team will be expected to meet with media and explain their designs.

Eligibility for the 2016 Competition:

This call for entries is open to all professional designers (or teams of designers) who have a proven portfolio of design work. Each design team must include an artist and a member of a recognized architectural association. Membership includes registered architects and intern members. The organizers encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams.

Submission Requirements:

Teams are asked to login to the competition site at:

The entries must be sent electronically as two separate PDF files not exceeding 5MB each. It is to contain (in this order) the following documents written in English:

Team Information: Four (4) page maximum, (8.5”x11” or A4)

  • Name of the project followed by your unique registration number (this number must also appear on each Design Proposal Sheet);
  • Design team member names with brief CV;
  • Name of contact person, including contact coordinates;
  • A 100-word description of the team, highlighting the strength of this multidisciplinary association;
  • Artist Information: Name, location, and date of recent publications, exhibits, or performances;
  • Architect Information: Name of Professional Association to which the architect or intern member is registered;
  • Four images of selected projects for which team members have been responsible, followed with a brief description of each project;
  • This information will be withheld from the jury until the final selection of winners. It will be used to verify that winning teams include artists and registered architects or interns;

Design Proposal:

  • Page One (11” x 17” or A3): Project Summary (include registration number);
  • A 150-word text describing the concept and presenting the experience offered to the visitors;
  • Layout of selected images and drawings describing the project;
  • Page Two (11” x 17” or A3): Images & drawings (include registration number;
  • Four main views or elevations of the hut indicating size and specific indication of materials (entrant is free to choose the scale);
  • A perspective showing the hut in its entirety.

Proposals may be presented as part of an on-line exhibition. By taking part in this call for proposals, entrants authorize Warming Huts: Art & Architecture Competition on Ice, to make public, exhibit and disseminate their proposals.

Selection Criterion:

  • Creativity of response to creating the shelter or installation on the prefabricated skids;
  • The originality, coherence and clarity of the design;
  • Durability of the project;
  • Cost and ease of fabrication.
  • The selected warming huts will be announced to the public in November 2015.
  • Project oversight and design:

The architect or designer will oversee the design and construction of the huts in collaboration with the Project Manager assigned by The Forks Renewal Corporation. The entrants chosen to participate in the competition agree to work to the schedule established by The Forks.

Honoraria and Budget:

The budget for the creation and construction of each hut is $16, 500 (CAN). This budget is divided in the following fashion:

  • up to $3,500.00 for the designers’ honorarium;
  • up to $7,500.00 (including taxes) for the purchase of materials and/or the employment of consultants necessary for the realization of the project. This budget is managed jointly by The Forks and the designer;
  • up to $4,000.00 for labour costs for the construction of the warming hut;
  • up to $1,500.00 for Construction Management conducted by The Forks;
  • up to $1,000.00 is available for accommodation expenses and up to $ 2,500.00 is available for airfare. All travel expenses are only applicable to foreign teams.


October 5, 2015 (2:00pm CST) Deadline for submissions
October 9, 2015 Jury of Competition
October 12-16, 2015 Technical Review
November, 2015 Winner Announcement
November 13, 2015 Construction Documents Due
November, 2015 through January 29, 2016 Construction Period
January 27- 29, 2016 Building Blitz

The Forks reserves the right not to follow up on this call for entries

To download the Warming Huts 2016 Competition details, click here.