8 Reimagined Lifeguard Stands Revive Toronto's Wintry Waterfront

Eight sculptures have popped up along the Lake Ontario waterfront in Toronto as part of the third annual Winter Stations design competition. Established by RAW DesignFerris + Associates, and Curio, the competition repurposes lifeguard stands along Toronto's waterfront as large-scale sculptures, giving them a second life during winter. This year's theme, Catalyst, asked each proposal to challenge notions of the shoreline, and pay particular attention to materials such as sand, water, and plastic.
 

View the winning entries below:

North by studio PERCH. All photography by Khristel Stecher.


Transporting visitors to an imagined forest, North suspends 41 fir trees in midair to create a vibrant canopy along the shoreline.
 

I See You Ashiyu by Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela.
 
I See You Ashiyu by Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela.


In an ode to the Japanese hot spring, I See You Ashiyu provides a communal space where visitors can dip their feet into warm waters.
 

Collective Memory by Mario García and Andrea Govi.
 
Collective Memory by Mario García and Andrea Govi.


Collective Memory is constructed from two translucent walls of bottles, a universal symbol of lost messages. The vessels, filled with anonymous narratives, invite shared reflection and storytelling.
 

BuoyBuoyBuoy by Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani, and Julie Forand.


Multiple buoy-like components combine to create BuoyBuoyBuoy, which shrouds the lifeguard station in refracted light.
 

The Beacon by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva.


Recreating the archetypal lighthouse in lifeguard-stand proportions, the aged wood–clad structure will serve as a temporary drop-off location for donated food and clothes.
 

Flotsam and Jetsam by University of Waterloo, Ontario.


Through a 20-foot structure of gridded cages, Flotsam and Jetsam reveals the detriments of plastic consumption on the planet's aquatic biodiversity.
 

The Illusory by Humber College School of Media Studies & IT, School of Applied Technology.


A curvilinear structure of mirrored monoliths, the Illusory distorts proportions up close and appears incognito from afar.
 

Midwinter Fire by Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.


Midwinter Fire is a winter forest that juxtaposes Southern Ontario’s natural vegetation with the waterfront’s wintry landscape.

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