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Warming hut competition winners more than just architects

In the Light of the Kudluk will be created by throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Winnipeg-based Sputnik Architecture.

Temple is a Russian creation.


Temple is a Russian creation.

Acclaimed Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq will leave her creative mark on the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks this year with a warming hut that showcases animals and explores storytelling traditions of Canada’s northern peoples.

“Over the years, the competition has done a great job attracting architects, but this is a competition for all of the arts. That’s why asking this year’s invited guest, Tanya Tagaq, was a no brainer,” said Paul Jordan, chief executive officer of The Forks Renewal Corporation.

In the Light of the Kudluk will be created by Tagaq and Winnipeg-based Sputnik Architecture. It’s one of six new warming huts to grace the skating trail this winter.

Three of the huts were chosen through a competition that attracted 160 entries from around the globe including Estonia, Iran and Bangladesh.

“Suddenly Winnipeg is generating all this curiosity,” said Jordan. “And it’s things like this that are doing it.”

Winners included Temple, designed by a team from Russia; Ice Maze, from a California architect; and Shelterbelt, created by Robert B. Trempe Jr., from Nebraska.

Joining the new huts are two entries from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture. Basket features insulated panels and the concept of solar gain to provide the first hut that might actually be warm. Fabrigami will be a folded fabric structure based on the principles of ancient origami. Once formed, river water will coat the structure to create and ice skin.

Warming huts are expected to be on the ice by the end of January.

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