Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ice, Ice, Buildings

'Tis the season ... to check out all things snowy!
I've been trolling around the internets to see what people have accomplished using frozen water as a building material thus far -

I've checked out the Ice Hotels a few hundred times already as references for school projects;

there's one in JukkasjÀrvi, Sweden, for example:

and in Chena, Alaska:

and even Canadia:

It seems that most of the hotels/structures consider the building to be a plank slate, a clean palate, which is ripe for dressing up with colored lights.  While there's some play with opacity and translucence based on the texture of the ice, I would have expected it to be pumped up even more.  Nevertheless, they've gotta be amazing spaces to experience!

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