With 600,000 residents, Winnipeg is the coldest city in the world of its size outside Siberia. When the wind-chill hits -40 C, I don’t care who you are; you’re going to bitch about it. It’s gets so cold in fact, that during these months, a reasonable form of getting around the city is to skate along the frozen Red and Assiniboine Rivers that converge at its centre.
Enter the concept of the skating shelter: a small hut that, when the going gets rough, you can bunker inside of until the feeling returns to your toes and you can continue your journey on to the liquor store for some belly-warmers.
Born out of a practical need for shelter from winter’s intense elements, Vancouver-based Patkau Architects have designed an instillation of skating shelters that gracefully ride the line between art and function, at the meeting point of the city’s two rivers.