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Hoverbox in Winnipeg

Naice Architecture & Design

Warming Huts

The renowned “Warming Huts Festival” takes place every year in Winnipeg, Canada. This is about temporary resting places on the frozen Red River.

In the winter of 2019 the Hoverbox by Naice Architecture & Design was one of the celebrated winners.

Warming up, theoretically

So it’s about warming up on a windy lake, which offers a closed ice surface at least during the exhibition period from January to March.

A large white box hovers over the ice; in the box, there a people walk about, bide their time, or seemingly hover over the floor. What is happening?

Warming up, practical

The visitor enters a labyrinth turned upside down by way of one of the two narrow openings leading inward. Corridors snake through the body of the building and end at benches. The visitor wanders around, optically cut off from the outside world, disoriented, and only perceives the legs and feet of other visitors.

Sudden encounters bring strangers together, secret visual contacts through holes in the walls next to the benches invite visitors to spy on their surroundings, difficult to recognize.

A play involving distance and proximity.

Construction

The object is made of a processed wood material. Steel supports on which the boxes stand are covered in human clothing, giving the impression of being other visitors.

The box is black on the inside; on the outside it is painted white.

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NAICE architecture & design 
GOERZWERK – Goerzallee 299   
D – 14167  Berlin – Germany

Opening

2019

Text

Johannes Bühlbecker
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