Design Architecture Ice Womb: Another Warming Hut That Looks Like It Actually Might Keep You Warm By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Virginia Melnyk Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design © Virginia Melnyk 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. © Virginia MelnykBrooklyn 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. © Virginia Melnyk Plush indeed. More at Archinect.