A big sunshine-yellow tunnel dotted with smaller candy-colored holes, it'd be hard to miss "The Hole Idea -- Now in Technicolor" in a white blanket of snow. Designed by Toronto-based Weiss Architecture & Urbanism, the proposal was selected as one of two Shelter category winners in the 2015 edition of Winnipeg's popular annual Warming Huts competition.
Inspired by a 1955 classic cartoon of the same name, The Hole Idea is described as a playful design that evokes childhood memories of Looney Tunes cartoons, colorful playgrounds, and building snow forts.
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“'There is nothing like a little bit of humour to warm up a cold winter’s day,' says architect Kevin Weiss. Rather than looking at the canons of architecture for inspiration, Weiss and colleague Sophie Tremblay turned to the 1955 cartoon classic 'The Hole Idea' and imagined colourful holes enlivening the banks of the river.
Consulting with Punch Clock Metal Works, the architects devised a structure that will be constructed of brightly painted intersecting metal culverts, which are then covered with snow. The tubes will project out to make the colourful holes on the surface of the snow and will provide the hut interior with light and views."
"The portable hole first developed by Prof. Calvin Q. Calculus in the 1955 Looney Tunes animation, 'The Hole Idea' and later sold by the Acme Company — has a troubled history. Almost right from inception, the ominous, mobile void was put to use for evil purposes — first as an effective enabler for a vicious crime spree and later as a means to capture the American desert fowl Geococcyx californianus or as it is commonly known as, 'the Roadrunner.' It is important to note that the later use always ended up with the direct opposite result than that of the intended; which is likely why the portable hole is no longer commercially available."
"This proposal takes as a starting point the portable hole, and by utilizing modern paint technologies, adds color. The resultant 1’-6” diameter holes — which can be located anywhere along the snowy banks of the Assiniboine or Red River — are resistant to being co-opted by evil forces (including the greyness of soul-sucking foul weather) due to the sheer cheeriness of the palette of introduced color. Further, a large, bright and yellow 8’ diameter hole is horizontally located in a 25’ long snow drift and provides skaters a warm and sheltering burrow in the snowy river bank."
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