Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects

I assume it’s still snowing in Canada, all over Canada, and I hope I’m right about that. Even though it’s starting to warm up here in the southern states, I came across this chilly cluster of wonky woodshapes that looks amazing. Patkau Architects designed these bent plywood structures as shelters from the wintry elements along a skating trail in Winnipeg. The architects describe the cluster as a flotilla, the collective noun for boats. Which makes sense because it looks like this flotilla is anchored on top of a frozen lake. The form of each shelter seems boat-like too, thanks to a structure made from bending plywood into structural shapes; shapes that might resemble hulls, bows, keels, or sterns depending on your angle and attitude.

Alex

 

Alex Dent

May 18, 2011 / By

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