Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Ice Architecture

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by andreareade on 15 January 2010

This ice hotel is rebuilt anew every year with 30,000 tons of snow and 4,000 tons of ice.Ice blocks are cut from the Torneälven River in late autumn and the ice hotel gradually takes shape over the next few months. Other areas are made using snow canons to blast the snow over arched steel sections, the biggest being 5 metres in height and 6 metres across. Two days later, the sections are moved and are ready to use somewhere else. The ice pillars are then put in place to give extra strength to the self-supporting snow arches. The design is based on the architecture of the mediaeval cathedral. Temperatures in the icehotel vary between -4 to -9 degrees c even when outside temperatures drop below -30c.But by late april the suns rays begin to take their toll and by june the ice hotel has returned to its liquid state.

The Icehotel, is in northern Lapland, Sweden, beside the River Torne 17 kilometres from the town of Kiruna.. About 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. There is one in Canada too.


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