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Feb 12, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

Winter Stations set to open for the season at Toronto Beach

Eight unique installations coming to lifeguard stations at Balmy, Kew, and Scarboro beaches

Beach Mirror

The third annual edition of the Winter Stations Design Competition opens for the season on Family Day.

The launch event is set for noon Monday, Feb. 20 at the Kew Pavilion, which is at the foot of Lee Avenue.

All are welcome.

This year, eight unique concepts will be set up at lifeguard stations at Balmy, Kew, and Scarboro beaches.

The temporary art installations, which were selected by a design jury from hundreds of submissions, will be on display until Monday, March 27. They will be constructed on the Beach from Feb. 13 to 19.

The stations, three of which are from students groups at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto and Humber College, are from international and local artists, designers, architects and landscape architects. They all aim to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape and aim to draw people outside to interact with the cold, icy environment.

The winning entries, revealed Tuesday, January 10 include:

— See You Ashiyu by Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela (Toronto, Canada)

— North by studio PERCH (Montreal, Canada)

— Collective Memory by Mario Garcia (Barcelona, Spain) and Andrea Govi (Milan, Italy)

— BuoyBuoyBuoy by Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani and Julie Forand (Toronto, Canada)

— The Beacon by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva (Porto, Portugal)

— Flotsam and Jetsam by University of Waterloo (Ontario)

— Aurora by Humber College School of Media Studies and IT, School of Applied Technology (Toronto, Ontario)

— Mid-winter Fire by Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto (Ontario).   

The theme of this year’s competition is Catalyst. Those who applied to take part were asked to come up with designs that open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors. Applicants were also urged to view their entries as a catalyst for change and to think about how the materials used to build them can be repurposed or reused in the future.

Winter Stations was founded by RAW Design, Curio, and Ferris + Associates in 2014 as a way to encourage Torontonians to visit the Beach in the winter months.

Admission to the Winter Stations exhibition is free.

Visit for more details.

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