So everything in it, all the knickknacks, the skis, the skates, the totem poles, the ookpik are all painted yellow.
—Liz Wreford Taylor, designer
Five new warming huts will soon be popping up along the river trail at The Forks.
Montreal designers Atelier Big City were invited to take part in the annual event. There will also be an entry from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture - who is participating for the third year.
"Weave Wave" is the entry from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture
For the remaining three huts, 100 entries were submitted to a blind jury. The winners include designs from Cambridge, Massachusettes
, New York and one from Winnipeg.
The local submission was made in collaboration with Plain Projects
and Pike Projects
. Liz Wreford Taylor is one of the designers, she says they're excited to be part of the winter tradition and are hoping their Hygge House brings a little warmth to the frozen trail.
"It is a Canadian wilderness cabin that's sliced in half and painted yellow on the inside. So everything in it, all the knickknacks, the skis, the skates, the totem poles, the ookpik are all painted yellow. There's also a wood-burning fireplace that will actually be burning wood that people can come and warm up beside," she explained.
The inspiration for their design comes from the Danish concept of Hygge which loosely translates to a kind of coziness. "It means sitting under blankets, a lot of friends together drinking wine and sitting around a table with lots of food. We wanted to create a place where people feel comfortable and familiar and could come to this place and bring their hot chocolate and warm up along the skating trail," she said.
Construction of the new huts begins in January and, weather permitting, things will be up and running three weeks later. Eight huts from previous years will also be reinstalled along the trail.