1st PRIZE WINNING ICE STRUCTURE DESIGN
2017 HARBIN, CHINA ICE STRUCTURE COMPETITION
Harbin is one of the most populated areas within China, and listed as the most populated in the Northeastern region. The city blends a culture of contemporary China with historical Russia and winter temperatures can reach as low as -45º Fahrenheit.
Our concept of developing a structural ice construction was developed in the initial phases of brainstorming between myself, Quan Chen, and Dean Mark Mistur. Instead of creating an inflatable form like other participants, a column+tension structure would catch the water-paper mix and transform into a compression structure. Formally intersecting three cones, unique interior connections were developed creating an intricate pathway through the construction.
As a second competition in partnership with the Harbin Institute of Technology taken on Aaron Shordock, Ruihang Zhu, and myself. The formal concept came from the idea of sound and experiencing a wave passing through the ear and wanted passer-bys to share that experience. Using an applied subtractive layering effect to create the exterior form, chiseled from a highly compressed 3m snow cube. Our project took second place in the overall competition and was beloved by the children who were able to pass through and slide out.
Experiencing the culture of any travel is vitally important to me. However, I have had few opportunities as unique as the Ice and Snow festival. An internationally recognized tourist attraction, this massive regional ice block architecture and snow sculpture immersion is unlike any destination in the world. Massive intricately lit structures form the central point for all visitors to explore and define a number of picturesque backdrops.