Winnipeg Skating Shelters Mimics Buffalo's Back to the Wind Strategy

By: Christopher DeLuca - Published: May 19, 2011 • References: patkau and archdaily
These Winnipeg Skating Shelters -- a proposal created by Patkau Architects for the cold Manitoba climate -- were influenced by the pack formation of Buffalo. The shelters are therefore positioned so that they have their backs to the wind. The shelters are constructed from thin, flexible plywood; to do away with the stress points on the design, Patkau Architects made certain cuts in the design of each shelter.

The Winnipeg Skating Shelters have a unique visual identity. What is really interesting about the structures is that because they are designed to be temporary installations, they can be moved around to accommodate different needs or events that may happen in the winter.