Architectural Ice Breakers: 5 Striking Winter Pavilions Land in Toronto

Every year, around the world, cities invest in public installations as a way to bring life, inspiration and dynamism into the streets and open spaces of their urban landscapes. North of the border, Toronto is no exception. Winter Stations, a program founded in 2015 by equal partners RAW, Ferris + Associates — two architecture firms based in the Ontario capital — and curio, a public art management and consulting practice, is thriving as it enters its second year of programming for the city. In collaboration with Waterfront BIA and PortsToronto, Winter Stations has erected five playful and engaging installations created by designers from around the world. The name of the event, Ice Breakers, makes reference to the utilitarian ships that used to roam Toronto’s harbor, breaking up frozen bodies of water to keep commerce flowing in and out of the port. For Toronto locals who will be familiar with the areas, the structures are located at Canada Square, Peter Street Basin, Music Garden East, Rees Street Parkette and HTO Park. It is common and encouraged for cities that deal with long winters to invest in weather-appropriate activities and prompt their residents to continue enjoying public urban spaces despite the cold. ...
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