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UK firm’s transparent sauna among Toronto beach contest winners

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Fox Fernley Landscape Office (FFLO)’s proposal for a ‘steamy’ transparent sauna has been named one of seven winners in Toronto’s second ‘winter stations’ contest

The Kent-based studio’s design will be temporarily installed between February and March in The Beaches district of the Ontario capital.

Describing the project, FFLO partner James Fox said: ‘This transparent polycarbonate sauna for three offers a hot steamy experience on the frozen beach for those who dare to try it and a misty view of sweaty flesh for those who pass by.

‘At night the sauna glows like a deep sea creature – a beacon on the beach.’

Now in its second year, 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 ‘Floating Ropes’ by Elodie Doukhan and Nicolas Mussche of MUDO; ‘In the Belly of a Bear’ by Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee; ‘Flow’ by Calvin Fung and Victor Huynh; ‘Lithoform’ by students from Ryerson University; ‘Steam Canoe’ by students of OCAD University; and ‘Aurora Borealis’ by students of Laurentian University.

Last year’s winning schemes included ‘Driftwood Throne’ and ‘Sling Swing’ by emerging UK firms DM_Studio and WMB Studio.

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