The Hearth Hut evokes memories of the iconographic “house” as it is often represented in children’s drawings. When seen from a distance, this warming hut is meant to be instantly recognized by young and old alike: its simple pitched roof with a chimney to one side offers visitors comfort and fellowship on the frozen landscape.
When experienced up close, visitors will feel warmth emanating from the hearth, which is embedded in a mass of tightly stacked logs. The rough surface and smell of freshly the cut timber adds to the visitors’ sense of coziness and connection with the outdoors.
The Hearth Hut is designed to promote interaction and community along the Red River Mutual Trail. The double-faced design of the hut permits individuals or groups to gather on either side of the installation; visitors can stand for a short stop, or arrange the movable seating (in the form of cut logs) for longer stays.
The Warming Huts competition is supported by the Manitoba Association of Architects and sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts
Elizabeth Golden, Philip Straeter