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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow
Posted By Diane Pham On January 4, 2012 @ 7:44 pm In Architecture,Art,carousel showcase,Features | 1 Comment
In anticipation of the release of 3D TRON: Legacy , last year a set of Ben Rousseau  and Ian Douglas–Jones  created a suite at the famous IceHotel  above the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The electric blue Tron-inspired lighting scheme was achieved by cutting grooves into the ice, inserting energy efficient EL wire and then icing over the wire to keep it in place. The “Legacy Of The River ” suite, was part of their campaign to launch a new line of illuminated furniture and products, which debuted earlier this year.
Every January the gorgeous Hotel De Glace  in Quebec City opens to the public, and visitors are invited to sleep in artistically designed ice rooms. Made almost entirely from snow and ice , the hotel changes design and shape each winter. The hotel even boasts an ice chapel where lovebirds — who didn’t fly south for the winter — can wed.
For nearly 30 years, hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival  in northeast China to witness dazzling works of manmade ice architecture. Chunks of ice are brought in from the frozen Songhua River  and molded by talented sculptors into jaw-dropping life-size creations, which are placed throughout the city.
The ice palace in St. Petersburg, Russia  first appeared in 1740 as the handiwork of Empress Anna Ivanovna to celebrate victory in the Turkish war. In 2005 historians worked to recreate the structure with a team of 14 ice masters led by famous ice-sculptor, Valerij Gromov. Following detailed plans left by architect Pyotr Yeropkin  centuries ago, the ice palace was rebuilt to include the 20 meters tall by 50 meters wide palace, a garden filled with ice trees and an ice statue of an elephant. The interior of palace is also furnished with furniture made of ice, including an ice bed with ice mattress and pillows. The palace is reconstructed every year.
The SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland is a source of great pride for locals, and a showcase of the architectonic “snowmanship” of its constructors. Construction of the SnowCastle starts in December and it takes approximately 5 weeks to complete. Because natural snow is too soft, the castle’s builders make new snow out of the sea water using snow pipes. The SnowCastle 2012 will be open January 28th, 2012.
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URLs in this post:
 Tron-inspired ice suite: http://inhabitat.com/electricfied-tron-legacy-inspired-icehotel-suite-in-sweden/
 sparkling snow castle: http://www.snowcastle.net/en/homepage/
 icicle-laden citadel : http://inhabitat.com/minnesota-man-uses-geothermal-heating-system-to-build-soaring-ice-castles/
 QUEBEC’S HOTEL DE GLACE: http://inhabitat.com/quebecs-hotel-de-glace-is-a-sculpted-winter-wonderland-escape-made-of-ice-and-snow/
 RUSSIAN ICE PALACE: http://icestudio.ru/en/project/elements.php?IBLOCK_ID=49&SECTION_ID=371&ELEMENT_ID=2771
 3D TRON: Legacy: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001/
 Ben Rousseau: http://extreme-design.net/wordpress/?page_id=33
 Ian Douglas–Jones: http://extreme-design.net/wordpress/?page_id=37
 IceHotel: http://www.icehotel.com/
 Legacy Of The River: http://extreme-design.net/
 Hotel De Glace: http://www.hoteldeglace-canada.com/
 entirely from snow and ice: http://inhabitat.com/finlands-hotel-kakslauttanen-offers-unrivaled-views-of-northern-lights-from-your-own-private-thermal-glass-igloo/
 HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL: http://inhabitat.com/harbin%E2%80%99s-luminous-ice-and-snow-festival-features-unbelievable-structures-made-of-frozen-water/
 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival: http://www.isharbin.com/
 Songhua River: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songhua_River
 St. Petersburg, Russia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Petersburg,_Russia
 Pyotr Yeropkin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyotr_Yeropkin
 castles: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-cathedral-built-by-one-man-with-salvaged-materials/
 geothermal: http://inhabitat.com/uk-engineers-search-for-geothermal-reservoirs-under-newcastle/
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