The College of Architecture would like to congratulate instructor Robert Trempe for being selected as one of only two submissions picked from the United States for the Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice sponsored by The Forks Renewal Corporation. A total of 160 entries were submitted from all over the world as part of this year’s competition. These designs will be installed on the Red River Mutual Trail located on the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as part of a system of warming huts and ice trails adding to the area’s growing tourist attractions.
Robert Trempe designed his submission to meld with the surrounding Winnipeg riverfront environment with steel rebar that resembled a prairie shelterbelt with barren trees and tall grass often seen in a winter prairie landscape. Just like real trees and tall grass, the steel rebar installation will rustle with the wind and movement of its visitors.
This is Trempe’s second design to have been selected for Warming Huts. The last one selected in 2010/11 entitled “Under the Covers” also blends seamlessly into the winter landscape, resembling a hill covered in a blanket of snow, where visitors can take a respite from the winter elements.