Winners v.2020

Glacial at The Forks

Warming Huts v.2020 Winners

The Droombok

Noël Picaper, Onomiau (Office for Nomadic Architecture) | Paris, Strasbourg, France

The Droombok is a fantastic creature living along the River Trail in Winnipeg. We created a space in which the surrounding nature finds its way inside. Thanks to its bestial outline and its scale, the structure’s relation with its context, is in constant change: the sun produces a layer of moving shadows, breezes enter freely and the snow is softly reflecting the environment on its (thatch) fur. As we get closer to it, other modes of reading emerge. Inside its belly, a landscape of white sculptures appears. Each form can be interpreted in various ways and spurs the imagination. Made out of environmental friendly materials, this architecture tries to interrogate the potential of myths and stories in a sustainable process.

Forest Village

Ashida Architect & Associates Co. | Tokyo, Japan

Warmth comes from being together. Enjoying time with other people is something we do less and less, because of the daily hectic. Let’s gather at this natural place, spend time and listen to each other. It is warm and silent inside the huts made out of straw.

The Village

Communities are diverse, so are the shapes of the huts. Sit together with friends, climb into the huts, meet new people. All this while experiencing the warmth of the huts and the smell of straw. Reconnect with nature and people again.


Modern Office + Sumer Singh, MTHARU/Mercedes + Singh | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Conceived as a small shelter or hovel, S(hovel) reimagines an everyday, off-the-shelf article of winter – the snow shovel – into a swirling vortex of mystery and intrigue that only reveals its true identity upon closer inspection and inhabitation. Built from 194 aluminum shovels, 195 custom milled plywood ‘X’ and ‘Y’ struts and 735 clamps, we challenged ourselves to design a warming hut that could be built and subsequently disassembled using unskilled labour furnished with only a wrench and a hand drill!

Designed for disassembly, S(hovel) is destined for a philanthropic afterlife in which, following its stint as a Warming Hut, the 194 shovels would be donated to Take Pride Winnipeg’s Snow Angel Program, a non-profit charity that helps seniors and the infirm with snow removal each year. This circular life-cycle enables S(hovel) to infiltrate the larger community of Winnipeg, enticing the multiple narratives of winter’s spectacle to unfold.

Cloud of Unintended Consequences

University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture in Collaboration with Eleanor Bond

For the 2020v the Department of Architecture Foundation Year Studios (ED3/ AMP) is proposing a collaboration with international Winnipeg artist Eleanor Bond. Eleanor Bond graduated from the School of Art, University of Manitoba in 1976. Other studies included English, comparative religion and interior design with a particular interest in the built environment and the interpretation of public space. This is apparent in her paintings and drawings, where emphasis is placed on the impact of technological advances and urban design on living bodies. She has produced staged, fictive narratives which register as some form of landscape or built urban environment. The ironic titles, however, and futuristic overtones, cinematic scale and multiple sightlines suggest a vertigo or lifting off, as if her subjects are no longer on familiar territory. In her work, architectural projections that suggest possibilities for the future are uninhabited as if in transition—a poignant parody of a world where progress may outlive its proponents. Bond’s interest in urban landscapes and urban spaces establishes an introduction to this collaboration, while opening to possibilities of design that are experimental in nature and evocative of her native city winters.