Dreaming of rail cars as a kid has led 17-year-old Sean Kohil to create one that the world will see at The Forks this winter.
Kohil's On the Rails design — an homage to rail cars of the past that have travelled through The Forks, is one of six designs unveiled Tuesday as part of the internationally-recognized Warming Huts completion for 2017.
"It's very exciting and quite humbling, since I am a 17-year-old who has no credentials at all," a beaming Kohil said. "I'm definitely very excited to build the hut and get it on the ice."
Despite record-setting mild weather in Winnipeg this week, thoughts of keeping warm was front and centre with the unique designs, dubbed Warming Huts 2017: An Art and Architecture on Ice.
The winning designs will become the warming huts set up along The Forks' Red River skating trail. It is expected the river trail will open during the third week in January, depending on the cold and the river freezing adequately.
The Warmhut submission from a group of University of Manitoba architecture students and instructors will create a sauna-style hut warmed with pellets made from cattail plants.
Anish Kapoor of London, England contributed the 2017 invited submission, a five-metre-square block of ice called Stackhouse with an entrance that resembles a space portal.
Three wining huts were chosen from the open submission process, which included nearly 100 entries from around the world, Forks CEO Paul Jordan said.
Winners included Ice Lantern from a Nova Scotia group, Open Border from two Netherlands designers and Greetings From Bubble Beach, from a Chicago team.
The jury selected the designs that best "push the envelope of design, craft and art," a media release stated.
The RAW:almond pop-up restaurant will return to the trail.
Also this year, a hybrid game called Crokicurl — a combination of crokinole and curling — will debut in the Market Plaza area when it is cold enough to sustain ice.