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Warming Huts v. 2023: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice

Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice, is open for entries for 2023 to participants from all over the world.

This call for entries is open to all architects, students of architecture, landscape architects, interior designers, artists and industrial designers who have a proven portfolio of design work. It is the intention of this competition to foster and encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams.

Three teams will be selected as winners of the Competition. Winning teams will be invited to Winnipeg to help complete their projects and install their project on the Nestaweya River Trail. Travel will only be allowed if it is in accordance with public health orders at the time of the event. Several days of activities will be planned around the celebration of the new huts with the design and construction teams.

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

The selected warming huts or installations will be announced to the public in November, 2022.

Started in 2009, Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice has been melding world-class design and art with Winnipeg’s famous winters. The competition has seen entries from across the globe and caught the attention of international architecture publications and awards, as well as admiration from newspapers such as the New York Times.

Warming Huts is an open competition, supported by the Manitoba Association of Architects. Proposals for the competition are submitted online via the official website. Once entries are submitted, a blind jury selects designs that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art.”

No Entry Fee!

It's free to enter.