Warming Hut

Entry in Winnipeg Warming Hut competition for 2017.

 

ICE BUBBLE

• The phenomenon whereby air or gas freezes in place, leaving a void suspended within a block of ice

• Ice Bubble, through the use of minimal materials, a simple colour palette, and ease of construction, provides a framework to evoke the mystery and beauty of inhabiting this magical space

• The array of painted plywood ribs is oriented to create a barrier against the prevailing southerly winds, while allowing for the warmth of natural light to filter through

• As with an ice cube, streams of light are altered depending upon the time of day and one’s vantage point

• Emphasized by contrasting blue and white planes, the implied bubble changes shape as one draws near to interact with it and others