Canadian studio patkau architects has designed a grouping of temporary shelters to provide ice-skaters with relief from the harsh winter winds.
A cluster of organic, cone-like structures, each accommodating only a few people at a time, gather in the center of the city where the red and assiniboine rivers converge. Standing with their backs to the wind, the units develop a series of protective environments and interior spaces that shield ice-skaters from the fierce winds and temperatures, which can feel like minus fifty degrees celsius at times.
patkau architects create organic structure shelters
Each shelter, made from two layers of thin, flexible plywood, is given strength and structure through its characteristic bends and timber frame. inside, a timber floor and plywood seating engulf the visitor and aim to convey a sense of warmth and comfort.