2018's winning Winter Stations debut at Woodbine Beach

International architecture teams and Canadian design schools came together on Monday to reimagine the lifeguard stations at Toronto's Woodbine Beach into pop-up art.

The 7 thought-provoking pieces for this year's exhibit are all riot themed

Devon Orstrom and Lara Morton view 'Obstacle' by Kien Pham of the United Kingdom. Orstrom and Morton were among the many who came out to enjoy the launch of this year's Winter Stations art installations at Woodbine Beach on Monday. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

International architecture teams and Canadian design schools came together on Monday to reimagine the lifeguard stations at Toronto's Woodbine Beach into pop-up art. With the theme of riots this year, the installations make up the fourth annual Winter Stations International Design Competition. The installations will be on display from Family Day until April 1.

'Pussy Hut'

Martin Miller and Mo Zheng came in from Ithaca, New York to display their "Pussy Hut."

"The inspiration is the women's movement and making a monument to everything that's going on," Miller said. "There's a lot of groundswell around the movement, but we wanted to create a symbol, an icon and a place to gather around that."

(Martin Trainor/CBC)
(Martin Trainor/CBC)


OCAD University's "Revolution" combined various concepts and ideas to arrive at its final form. It consists of 36 vertical modules of different heights and aims to capture the aspects of people coming together to use their voices for riots and revolutions.

"We had many meetings at the beginning. We spoke about conceptually what kind of message we wanted to send," Ben Chang said. "That was very important. We focused on voice, because voice is such an important aspect to social change."

(Martin Trainor/CBC)
(Martin Trainor/CBC)


Ryerson University's "NEST" embodies ideas of comfort within a system of disorder and complexity.

"The concept [is] how in today's world there's a lot of media and information channels that we're bombarded with in daily life," Adrian Chiu said. "It's really messy, but we don't have time to reflect on that and really think about where this information is coming from."

The structure is composed of modular cells and a weave of colourful webs, providing both shelter and playful moments of light and shadow within the space.

(Martin Trainor/CBC)
(Martin Trainor/CBC)

'Wind Station' 

"Wind Station" by Paul van den Berg and Joyce de Grauw of the Netherlands calls for phasing out nuclear power.

It brings together hundreds of tiny pinwheels in the shape of a nuclear cooling tower. It is meant to symbolize renewable wind energy.

(Martin Trainor/CBC)
(Martin Trainor/CBC)

'Make Some Noise!!!' 

"Make Some Noise!!!" from Germany's Alexandra Grieß and Jorel Hied allows you to do just as the name suggests. Complete with cranks, the installation produces the sound of a very loud siren.

It was inspired by Luigi Rusollo's "intonarumori," a group of musical instruments that caused an uproar when he introduced it in the Milan Opera House in 1914.

(Martin Trainor/CBC)
(Martin Trainor/CBC)

With files from Muriel Draaisma