Paul Clerkin of chatting with some of the architects of the 2011 warming huts for the Winnipeg River Trail.

Architects: Noa Biran, Roy Talmon
A box design that features a metal outside frame and a firepit in the middle of the structure. The walls consist of stacked logs that can be used for the fire. As the weather warms, the walls disappear, signalling the end of winter.

Name: Ha(y)ven
Architects: Tri Nguyen, Jayne Chu, Ben Olschner, Jakob Seyboth
Constructed with hay bales, the cylinder is designed to reach up 18 metres in the air and should provide a noticeable landmark for river-trail enthusiasts.

Name: Cocoon
Architects: University of Manitoba architecture students
A simple, lightweight frame covered by a flexible membrane. Once completed, river water will be sprayed onto the structure, creating a hard coating of ice that will illuminate the shell.

Name: Under the Covers
Architects: Robert B. Trempe Jr.
Built with wood and lined with Astroturf, this hut is designed to look like a pinch of fabric on the flat snowy surface alongside the trail.

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