Design Six designer lifeguard towers on Toronto beach

Six designer lifeguard towers on Toronto beach

Giulia Guido
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For the past few days, Toronto’s Woodbine Beach has been hosting the six projects vying to win Winter Stations 2022.
Born in 2014, the Winter Stations is a contest aimed at architects, designers and studios who are called to reinterpret following a theme the classic lifeguard towers placed on beaches around the world.
The theme of this year’s edition was “Resilience”, also connected to the last two years that have seen changes in both our habits and our perception of spaces.

Until March 31, along Toronto’s Woodbine Beach it will be possible to explore and discover the different projects, entering not only into the structures but also into the minds of the architects who designed them. 

ENTER-FACE (Turchia)

Architects Cemre Önertürk and Ege Çakır have taken inspiration from an object that has kept us company for the last two years, the screen. Whether computer, tablet or smartphone, during lockdowns screens have been our window to the world, but at the same time they have isolated us physically. Through two dark structures that you can enter one at a time, ENTER-FACE reproduces that feeling of isolation that we’ve all experienced. 

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Wildlife-guard Chair (Francia e Canada)

Mickael Minghetti and Andres Jimenez Monge were inspired by the red cardinal, a bird typical of the area and characterized by a bright red color that has also been reproduced in the structure. 

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The Hive (Canada)

Kathleen Dogantzis and Will Cuthbert’s resilience over the past two years made them think of worker bees producing honey: their most important task in the cold months is to keep the hive at the right temperature through the body heat of the entire colony.
The project recalls the hexagonal shape typical of beehive cells and is characterized by colors that recall the shades of honey. 

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S’winter Station (Canada)

The project signed by the Department of Architectural Sciences of Ryerson University is based on local climatic conditions, where the sand of the beach is transported by strong winds both in winter with snow and in summer under the sun. The installation features typical summer elements, such as beach towels or ropes, used to create a shelter for colder periods.  

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Introspection (Canada)

The team at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design decided to base their project on the emotions felt during the last two years of quarantine and isolation. Playing with the idea of reflection, mirrored walls make visitors an integral part of the pavilion. While the lattice roof allows the sun to shine in, the metal walls are unyielding.

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One Canada (Canada)

The project by the team of students from the University of Guelph and the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development symbolizes bridging the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples through encounter. The seven rings of the installation represent seven ancient teachings, which originated with the Anishnabae Peoples, passed down through the generations that ensure the survival of all Indigenous Peoples: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Humility and Truth.

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Written by Giulia Guido
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