The Snowglobe

Rendering of the Red River Mutual Trail at Dusk

Rendering of the Red River Mutual Trail at Dusk

Snowglobe Elevations

Snowglobe Elevations

Snowglobe Plan

Snowglobe Plan

Snowglobe Conceptual Model

Snowglobe Conceptual Model

Snowglobe is a proposal for a warming hut on the Red River Mutal Trail in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Our proposal was a lightweight membrane structure, built using a series of plywood ribs, clad in a laced tensile fabric skin. The construction typology is a reference to the vernacular Canadian craftsmanship used to build canoes and snowshoes.
The proposed warming hut provides a bright contrast to the stark landscape of the river trail during Manitoba’s long winters. During the day, the hut is a bright, colorful moment along the river trail. At night, the structure is lit by LED lights, transforming it into a glowing lantern and beacon. Snowglobe’s form exists as an enigmatic object on the landscape, and as one approaches, the entrance is revealed. This animates the structure, and provides a sense of discovery. Snowglobe’s lightweight fabric shell provides shelter from the wind, and a moment of pause along the busy recreational trail.

With Margaret Saunders
Warming Hut Competition, Fall 2010

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