Submission: October 03, 2016
Registration: October 03, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Total budget: $16, 500 (CAN) 
Type: Open


Three teams will be selected as winners of the WARMING HUTS COMPETITION: And Arts + Architecture Competiton on Ice from submissions of designs for a warming hut or art installation. Winning entries will be placed along the Red River Mutual Trail located on the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A “blind” 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.


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.


The huts or installations are placed along the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba (www.theforks.com). The Forks is located in downtown Winnipeg, at the junction of the Red River and the Assiniboine River. The intersection of the two rivers historically has 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, with over four million visitors annually.

In winter, the rivers are also used as an alternate route to access downtown by foot, bike, skates and skis. There are opportunities for curling, hockey and much more. With many access points, the Red River Mutual Trail, is a link between communities in Winnipeg. 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.


Teams are asked to login in to the competition site at: www.warminghuts.com. The entries must be sent electronically as two separate PDF files not exceeding 5MB each. Entries must contain (in this order) the following documents, written in English:

Team Information Sheets 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 only be used to verify that winning teams include artists and registered architects or interns

    Design Submission Sheets

    • 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 & 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

To submit your design proposal, go to www.warminghuts.com/submissions. The deadline to receive proposals electronically is Monday, October 3, 2016, 2:00pm CST. Proposals may be presented as part of an online 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.


The budget for the creation and construction of each project 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 project
  • 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.

Go to the competition’s website