What started in 2010 as a local art and architecture project, building warming huts on the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, has morphed into an international design phenomenon. I often wonder how effective they actually are at warming; Some, like Lateral Office's entry this year, seem more like windbreaks than actual huts.
Brooklyn designer Virginia Melnyk's entry is different; it is appropriately named the Ice Womb. She describes it:
Shiny and reflective the exterior skin seems to be hidden sitting on top the ice and in the still winter surroundings. Yet like a glowing womb, the interior is plush and warm in contrast to the surrounding landscape. A red cavern generated by connecting different openings the in the facade for sitting, standing and lounging in different ways. The interior surface is covered in plush pillows to make it welcoming and intimate.
Plush indeed. More at Archinect.