Designers Convert Lifeguard Towers Into Winter Pavilions For Toronto’s Frozen Beaches

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Lifeguard outposts along Toronto’s frozen waterfront have been converted into a series of installations and pavilions, like a set of brilliant red swings and a spiky timber folly .

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Sling Swing by WMB Studio

Winter Stations is the initial instalment of an yearly public art competition launched by a trio of regional studios – RAW, Ferris + Associates and Curio – to revitalise Toronto’s frozen beaches during the cold season.


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Taking the theme of warmth, 5 teams had been invited to convert a series of simple metal lifeguard lookouts along Kew-Balmy Beach on the edge of Lake Ontario into installations for winter.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Sling Swing by WMB Studio

“At times Torontonians need to have to be prodded into heading outside throughout the winter months,” explained the organisers.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Sling Swing by WMB Studio

“The goal with winter stations is to infuse colour and vibrancy back into the beach neighborhood, which is so lively in the summer months, but tends to slow down come winter,” added Roland Rom Colthoff of RAW.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Driftwood Throne by DM_Studio

Loops of vivid red fabric have been suspended from scaffolding erected close to a single watchtower to develop Sling Swing, a reimagining of a deckchair by British designers WMB Studio.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Driftwood Throne by DM_Studio

The fabric slings are intended to produce cocoons of warmth for winter seashore guests, defending them from the harsh winds. When unoccupied, the loops of materials sway in the breeze.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Driftwood Throne by DM_Studio

London designers DM_Studio used planks of pale timber to transform one more lifeguard stand into a pointed type called Driftwood Throne.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Driftwood Throne by DM_Studio

Broad actions lead up to an opening in which a little bench types a lookout stage. Ground-level benches recessed into nooks on either side of the framework are sheltered beneath the pointed wings of the framework.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Snowcone by Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon

Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon, architecture and engineering college students from nearby Ryerson University, created Snowcone. Shaped like a pine cone, the shelter comprises a metal frame and rainbow-coloured translucent skin.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Snowcone by Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon

Triangular fins radiate from the exterior of the round structure, enabling it to catch snow.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft

A cuboid referred to as Hotbox is draped with black material and is made up of a cell with spongey walls, where guests are insulated from the horizontal winds that are widespread in the location.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 HotBox by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft

Produced by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft, each based in Toronto, the shelter has a single hole in its roof that makes it possible for a modest amount of daylight and precipitation into the interior.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Wing Back by Tim Olson

Taking cues from the traditional wingback armchair, New Hampshire architect and designer Tim Olson developed Wing Back – a rounded fortress-like framework made from pale timber batons.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Wing Back by Tim Olson

Within the slats are stained bright red, acting as a beacon to inspire guests to collect on a semi-circular bench all around a fire within its tall, sheltering walls.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015 Wing Back by Tim Olson

“Each and every set up establishes a romantic relationship to the transformed, almost Arctic landscape with these enormous ice formations and plays with the expertise of currently being along the water, which will take on unique attributes and emotions this time of yr,” mentioned Justin Ridgeway of Curio.

Toronto Winter Stations 2015

The competition was supported by the City of Toronto and funded by a range of sponsors. The five installations will be on display at Kew-Balmy Beach right up until twenty March.


Undertaking credits:

Partners: City of Toronto, the Seaside Village BIA, Style Exchange and DeClute Real Estate Inc.
Sponsors: Streetcar, Rockport Group, Urban Capital, Urbancorp, Worsley Urban Partners, Zen Homes, Reserve Properties, the Glen Condominium, Ontario Association of Architects and Fieldgate Residences
Fabrication: Zone 6 Design and style Develop, Alexandre Wilson and Alan Johnston of atelieronefive.com, Vir Prasad of Sunrise Carpentry, Mosher Originals, 4 By Eight Signal Providers Inc. and the Ryerson Architectural Science Program

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