Buildings that look to that ancient, icy form for inspiration.
The last few weeks have been brutally cold for us here on the East Coast, and even wearing our scarves and sweaters indoors hasn’t helped.
The dreary bit of good news—it could be much worse! Though it feels as if our office is made of ice, perhaps it would be better if it actually were. Our Arctic-dwelling Inuit friends have thrived on northern ice plates for thousands of years, in shelters made entirely of packed snow, where temperatures inside can reach into the mid-60s Fahrenheit!
A new book, Igloo: Contemporary Vernacular Architecture by Alejandro Bahamon and Ana Canizares, charts the history and development of vernacular ice structures and their translation into contemporary architecture. We’ve pulled some examples from the book, plus a few of our own choosing to bring you today’s snow-packed roundup.
Learn more about this project in the Architizer blog here.
National Grand Theater of China
Designed by Paul Andreu
Honestino Guimaraes National Museum
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer
This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.