Winners unveiled for year two of Winter Stations Design Competition
The design jury of Winter Stations Competition has announced the four winning designs and three student designs that will brighten up Toronto’s wintertime beaches. Competition this year was fierce – with submissions soaring to almost 400 entries from local and international designers.
“Winter Stations 2016 attracted brilliant ideas from around the world and it was agonizing to have to pick only four winners from an amazing field of 380 submissions,” says Lisa Rochon, Winter Stations Design Jury Chair.
Playing upon the typically harsh Ontario winters, this year’s theme – Freeze/Thaw – challenged artists and designers to create a structural response to the changing climactic conditions the cold season brings. The result was four playfully immersive designs that encourage public participation.
“Visitors will discover a feast of textures in the schemes – from vessels clad in charred wood to sailing rope to vintage furs,” adds Rochon. “Inventive, playful and irreverent, all of the installations can be read like pieces of poetry on the beach.”
Founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio, Winter Stations Design Competition’s uses design to inspire Torontonians back outside. “The public participation in Winter’s Station’s inaugural year proves that even the most overlooked winterscapes can be injected with vibrancy and life,” says Ted Merrick, lead designer at landscape architecture firm Ferris + Associates. “Our ultimate goal for year two remains the same – to encourage the community out of hibernation and back to the beach.”
All seven installations will be built from February 10 to 14 along Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches in the heart of The Beach community, broadly located south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. Installations will debut on Family Day, February 15, 2015 and will stay open to the public until March 20, 2015.
This year’s Jury includes Jane Hutton, Landscape Architect/Assistant Professor, Harvard University GSD; Alex Josephson, Architect/Co-founder, Partisans Architecture; Lily Jeon and Diana Koncan, Winter Stations 2015 Winners (Snowcone); Catherine Osborne, Editor-in-chief, Azure Magazine; and 2016 Jury Chair Lisa Rochon, Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute U of T and Founder, Friends of the Beach Parks.
Winter Stations sponsors for 2016 include the Ontario Association of Architects, Great Gulf, Diamante Developments, Demirov Fine Homes, The Rockport Group, Fieldgate Homes, Urban Capital and Bousfields as well as the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, the Design Exchange and the City of Toronto.