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New contest for Toronto beach installations begins

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A second international design competition has been launched for a series of £7,500 winter installations on Toronto’s beaches

Open to artists, designers, architects and landscape architects, the ‘Winter Stations’ contest seeks proposals for temporary structures ‘able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather’.

UK firms DM_Studio and WMB Studio were among the five winners of last year’s inaugural competition – backed by RAW Architects, Ferris + Associates and Curio.

The ten latest winning designs will be built in February on the Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches in The Beaches district of the Ontario capital.

The structures – responding to the theme of “Freeze/Thaw” – will be fastened to existing metal lifeguard stands which are evenly spaced along the waterfronts.

According to the brief: ‘The theme of “Freeze/Thaw” asks designers and artists to respond to the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter. Designs may anticipate the coming spring or refuse to yield, reminding us December is only a few months behind and will return again.

‘They may highlight a static moment or phase in our winter. Perhaps, most significantly, designs have the opportunity to observe, reflect or contrast the immediate waterfront landscape with its banks of snow and frozen ice. To this end, they should expect to be playful and provocative, creatively utilizing materials and site to inform concepts that echo the “Freeze/Thaw” narrative and engage the public.’

The winning teams – set to be announced on 8 January – will receive around £1,800 each to develop their proposals and an allowance for travel and accommodation during construction.  

The deadline for submissions is 13 November.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: info@winterstations.com






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