Saturday, May 21, 2011

Burning Down the Warming House

Leave it to Canadians to design and build something that would leave other nationalities running for the hills with their common sense in tact.

Noa Biran and Roy Talman submitted the Woodpile as their entry in The Warming Huts competition earlier this year.  This competition had artists, architects and designers working to come up with ideas for shelters to be constructed along the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Essentially, the metal frame provides structure for firewood, which in turn provides shelter, and fuel for the fire contained within the structure.
"Woodpile responds to the most elementary of acts used for producing heat: a fire. The proposal serves as a space for the act, by providing material to burn and providing a space for that act. The hut’s walls are constructed as a spatial metal frame which contains firewood, which can be added and removed from the interior and the exterior through the slots in the frame."

Source & Photo Credits: ArchDaily
A first look might have you thinking the walls would burn down around the inhabitants but it seems there's enough distance to prevent this from happening.  As proof, they actually built the Woodpile.  Danger aside, it's a beautiful design, and very practical for anyone who's spent hours outside in the winter.



Brenda Lynn said...

I'm glad that it doesn't get and stay that cold down here in Alabama. Instead we just get everything...snow, ice, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes...

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