AWARD WINNING PROJECT
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba
Status Competition Entry
POLYHUT is a site-specific proposal exploring a narrative between offsite construction and architectural tectonics.
POLYHUT consists of 300+ CNC-milled multi-wall polycarbonate panels (8 unique) sandwiched together by a system of dowel rod friction connections (also 8 unique) that weave and intersect strategically throughout the assembly.
Spatial Quality / User Experience
The combination of laminated translucent panels, dowel joints and light patterns create a visual and tactile experience. Panels conceal the skid platform to make POLYHUT appear as an extension of the frozen riverscape. At each exterior corner of the structure, dowels extend and connect to form handles that provide a steady grip for approaching ice-skaters. Users enter the fully translucent interior by climbing through a 5’ tall opening. Inside, occupants are huddled together and low to the ground, sitting or lying on exposed polycarbonate benches. Systematically missing or altered panels provide visibility of structural elements, passing ice-skaters and beyond. Meanwhile, the 9” thermal walls and 10’ vaulted ceiling provide a datum to track the ever-changing light conditions.
The assembly logic of POLYHUT allows for alternative configurations at various project costs and for future sites along the Assiniboine River.
Team Kurt West
Images Kurt West
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