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UK practices win Toronto beach structures contest

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Emerging UK firms DM_Studio and WMB Studio are among five winners in an international contest for a series of £8,000 ‘winter stations’ on Toronto’s beaches

Their winning ‘Driftwood Throne’ and ‘Sling Swing’ designs will be installed between February and March in The Beaches district of the Ontario capital.

The contest – open to artists, designers, architects and landscape architects – sought proposals for temporary structures ‘able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather’.

The other winners were New Hampshire-based Tim Olson; Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft from Toronto; and Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science.

Competition judge and ward councillor for the City of Toronto Mary Margaret McMahon said: ‘I was so impressed with the creativity and hard-work demonstrated by all 196 entries. This project has the potential to transform the beach during the winter and I am thrilled to be a part of it.’

All five winning designs will be installed between February and March on the Kew, Scarborough and Balmy beaches within The Beaches district of the Ontario capital.

The installations are expected to ‘convey warmth’ and attract new visitors to the beaches during winter. The structures will be fastened to five metal lifeguard stands which are evenly spaced along the waterfronts.

London-based DM_Studio was set up by EPR employee Daniel Madeiros in 2012.

Daniel Wiltshire, Frances McGeown and Ed Butler meanwhile launched WMB studio in London and Liverpool around two years ago.

Their completed winning schemes will be unveiled to the public on 16 February.






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