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   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

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