Last week on Bustler, we published the two winning projects in the international NEXT LANDMARK Contest. The project ROPE pavilion, winner in the category "First Work", was also selected as the favorite entry in Winnipeg's 2012 Warming Huts Art + Architecture Competition earlier this year. The team that designed and built the pavilion was led by architect Kevin Erickson of New York firm KNEstudio.
Project Description from the Architect:
In Winnipeg, the Assiniboine River is the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trail. Stretching west 10km from city center, it receives over 4 million visitors annually. With temperatures exceeding - 40°C, warming huts are placed every kilometer along the trail for visitors to escape the cold. ROPE pavilion, winner of the 2012 Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition, was constructed alongside pavilions built by Frank Gehry, Patricia Patkau, and Antoine Predock.
Through the combination of simple materials, ROPE pavilion creates a highly articulated form and space while nestling itself into the Assiniboine River Trail’s Landscape. Its relationship of skin – unmanila rope and structure – birch frame, merge to form a warming hut whose dense shell blocks winter winds while still being perforated for light and views. The wood interior creates a sense of warmth through color and texture and its multilayered rope exterior collects snow, further embedding it within the site. The hut’s dome-like form is optimized for heat retention, bifurcating only for an entry threshold and oculus to the sky above.
ROPE pavilion’s innovative application of material and form emerged from an intense prototyping process. Instead of relying solely on standard architectural and fabrication drawings to communicate intent, over 25 full-scale prototypes and models were created to help bridge the gap between representation and production. Operating in this fertile territory enabled us to understand and overcome material and fabrication challenges, establish new parameters, and bring forward latent design potentials.
Size: 100 sf
Design Team: Kevin Erickson (Principal), Adam Garrett, Johann Rischau, Mathew Strack, Martin Grym, Geoffery Clarkson
Build Team: Kevin Jele, Alvin Hamilton, Anna Gutsch, William Hodges
Post Production: Marlo Messer
Structural Engineer, Arup: Seth Wolfe, Matt Larson
Public Artist: Allison Warren
Photographer: Brian Gould
Additional Sponsorship: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Creative Research Award