wing back Image: “Wing Back” by Tim Olson of New Hampshire, USA is a seating structure designed to protect people from the harsh northern winds, gathering them together around the central fire pit.

Winter in The Beaches conjures up images of frozen docks, empty park benches and snow covered sand dunes. But an international design competition for artists, designers and architects is hoping to bring a little warmth to the otherwise desolate landscape.

The Winter Stations competition received nearly 200 entries from 36 different countries when it launched in late 2014. Designers were tasked with reimagining the lifeguard stations along Toronto’s east beaches — and four finalists have been selected see their ideas come to fruition.

sling swing Image: “Sling Swing” by WMB Studio of the U.K. is a reimagination of the deckchair during the colder months.

On Friday, February 13th the competition organizers (RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio) will be hosting a PechaKucha Night at the Design Exchange Trading Floor. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm and is open to the public. The finalists will showcase their work in presentations in which 20 slides are show for 20 seconds at a time.

driftwood throne Image: “Driftwood Throne” by DM_Studio, also of the U.K., is a functional sculpture made of upcycled timber that provides seating and shelter.

The completed installations will officially debut on Monday, February 16th at 2pm as part of the Winter Stations Grand Opening Festival, located south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. The works will remain on display to the public until March 20th.

hotbox Image: “HotBox” by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft of Toronto, is an ode to traditional ice houses. Inside, visitors are greeted by visual, auditory, tactile and associative means.

snowcone Image: Students Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon were chosen within the Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science to create a fifth installation. “Snowcone” is the synthesis of the protective structures of a pinecone and native igloo.

Be sure to RSVP to to attend the free Winter Stations PechaKucha Night.

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