FFLO will convert lakeside lifeguard stand to playful transparent sauna

UK landscape office wins spot in Toronto winter beach festival

The young British team of Fox Fernley Landscape Office (FFLO) has been selected through an international competition to create one of 13 converted lifeguard stands on Toronto's beaches as part of the city's Winter Stations festival.

The exhibition, now in its second year, is a way of encouraging Torontonians to enjoy their beach all year round, even in sub-zero winter temperatures. Steel-pipe lifeguard stands on the shores of Lake Ontario  will take on a temporary new life as artists, designers, architects and landscape architects reimagine them for winter fun.

FFLO will create a transparent polycarbonate sauna for three, where those who dare can sit and thaw out in the heat, their faint, fleshy presences observed through the steam by passers by. At night, solar powered lights make the sauna glow from within 'like a deep-sea creature – a beacon on the beach,' said Fox.

Other winning projects include a fur-lined sphere that visitors can climb inside (Caitlind RC Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee); a curtain of thick ropes hung from the steel structure to form a cocoon-like shelter (Elodie Doukhan and Nicolas Mussche of MUDO); and hanging tubular lights producing the shimmering colours of the aurora borealis (Laurentian University). 

The Tunbridge Wells practice of FFLO was set up two years ago by James Fox and Claire Fernley with a mission statement 'to make moments outside the ordinary'.

Winter Stations will be open from 13 February  to 20 March 2016. See all winning ideas here 

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