Host_SDA "Reclaim Winter" Warming Huts
Temporary structures that act as warming stations, gathering places, and inspiration for perspectives on living in our winter climate.
Enclosed spaces that use passive solar energy to heat a thermal mass inside, warming the hut.
Practicality, aesthetically pleasing, modular, and mobile.
A specific visual language to communicate physical warmth and draw people in.
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1. the floor of the fireplace
2. a symbol for one’s home
Braving the winter weather is a Canadian tradition. Unfortunately, when temperatures plunge, circulating the campus grounds becomes a challenge. Despite our tolerance for the cold temperatures, students who venture out into the cold sometimes need a break. Hearth is a beacon for those seeking shelter within the campus grounds.
Hearth acts as a multifunctional structure, serving both functional and educational purposes through material application and experimentation. Hearth harnesses the surrounding environment and creates a truly warm space through passive solar gain strategies. As the physical hearth gathers heat and displays a fogged interior, individuals wandering through the Univeristy of Alberta campus grounds will have no trouble finding a comfortable space to warm up.
Strategically orientated transparent, heat-retaining and insulating materials combined with circulation through a small, elevated space are the components that make Hearth’s performance of warmth possible.
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context showing Pembina Hall
view south across quad