In Winnipeg, the Assiniboine River is the world's longest naturally frozen trail. Stretching west 10km from city center, it receives over 4 million visitors annually. With temperatures exceeding
- 40? C, warming huts are placed every kilometer along the trail for visitors to escape the cold.
Through the combination of simple materials, ROPE pavilion, creates a highly articulated form and space while nestling itself into the Assiniboine River Trail's Landscape. Its relationship of skin - unmanila rope and structure - birch frame, merge to form a warming hut whose dense shell blocks winter winds while still being perforated for light and views. The wood interior creates a sense of warmth through color and texture and its multilayered rope exterior collects snow, further embedding it within the site. The hut's dome-like form is optimized for heat retention, bifurcating only for an entry threshold and oculus to the sky above. ROPE pavilion's simple, yet highly refined tectonics provide an enhanced visual and tactile experience to those traveling down the Assiniboine River Trail.
Winner - Warming Huts 2012 International Design Competition
Credits: Kevin Erickson - principal in charge, Adam Garrett, Johann Rischau, Mathew Strack, Martin Grym, Anna Gutsch, Marlo Messer, Geoffery Clarkson, Kevin Jele, Alvin Hamilton, Anna Gutsch, William Hodges
Collaborators: Arup New York - Engineering