Designed by Kevin Erickson of NY-based KNE Studio, the Rope Pavilion has been proposed for use in Winnipeg, the Assiniboine River, which is the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trail. Since temperatures in the area fall even below -40 degrees Celsius, warming huts are placed every kilometer along the trail, to keep some of the 4 million annual visitors thronging the area, warm.
The Rope Pavilion, which is the winner of the 2012 Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition, is made using natural materials, and features a skin made from unmanila rope and a structure made from birch wood. The closed structure is open to light and views due to the rope construction, which also helps collect snow, further embedding the structure on the site. The pavilion’s dome-like form is ideal for heat retention and opens only for an entry threshold.
The architectural firm made over 25 full-scale prototypes and models, before the final and the most perfectly designed pavilion was unveiled. Relying entirely on natural materials for construction, the pavilion’s interior features soft wooden aesthetics, making the pavilion feel and appear warm.