Location: Fork's Skating Trail, Winnipeg Manitoba
Type: Installation / Warming Hut
Year Complete: 2013
Client: The Forks
Project Team: URBANKINK, Pike Projects
Awards: Warming Huts International Design Competition v.2013, Azure Magazine AZ Awards: Best Temporary Architecture 2013 and People's Choice Award 2013
“I don’t speak a lick of Danish, but recently learned a great word that describes a very particular feeling. Hygge (pronounced “hYOOguh”?) often translates to “cozy” — though it connotes much more. From what I gather, it means something like “fireplace warmth with candles and family and friends and food, tucked under blankets on a snowy day, cup-of-coffee conversation, scarf-snuggle, squiggly, warm baby love.” Or something like that...” Claire O’Neill
Hygge House is cozy. It is a simple wood framed structure; a reproduction of one of the most cherished symbols of Canadiana — the wilderness cottage. Within Hygge House, artifacts of cottage life set the stage for an authentic depiction of the weekend getaway while encouraging imagination, participation, and play. The entire interior of Hygge House is painted fluorescent yellow. Coating the contents not only creates a warm, inviting space, sheltered from the wind, it also creates a stage set where the visitors to Hygge House become essential components of the design as Hygge is only truly achieved when people come together.