Skating Shelters

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects

Plywood flooring and seating inside.

A skater taking a break from the freezing wind.
I have been admiring these elegant temporary plywood shelters designed by Patkau Architects from Canada. Located by a skating trail on a frozen river in Winnipeg, "they stand with their backs to the wind like buffalo, seeming to have life and purpose as they huddle together shielding each other from the elements." The shelters are made with two layers of flexible plywood over a timber frame - with plywood flooring and seating inside. Not only do these shelters function as a reprieve from the freezing wind, they are also an unique architectural sculpture in the landscape. Photographs via Dezeen and quote from Patkau.

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