Saturday19 August 2017

Fledgling firm lands Toronto win

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Teams convert lifeguard stations on the edge of Canadian city’s frozen lakes

Kent-based FFLO has landed work on a pop-up competition in Canada to turn summer lifeguard beach stations into temporary pavilions during the winter.

The Tunbridge Wells practice was one of more than 350 to submit entries for the work with seven designs chosen in total. Each one will cost CAD$15,000 (£7,300) to build and install.

FFLO’s design is for a transparent sauna with other winning designs including a fur-lined globe and a steam-emitting canoe.

Practice partner Jamie Fox said: “We like to use people to animate our ideas. In this instance we found the proposition more alluring than a formal or conceptual gesture.”

The initiative will run from the middle of next month until March 20 and revolves around the theme Freeze/Thaw with the seven structures installed along the city’s Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches.

The Winter Stations competition was first set up last year to encourage city residents to get out and enjoy the landscape during the winter where temperatures are regularly below freezing.

Closer to home, FFLO is working on a number of schemes including with Ben Adams Architects on the first Nobu Hotel in the UK at Shoreditch in east London.



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