Dutch Students To Build Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice

Montage. Image Courtesy of University of Technology

A team of from Eindhoven University are to build a forty metre high model of Antonio Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. The project, which follows the completion of the world’s biggest ice dome last year, will be constructed from pykrete and reinforced with wood fibres. Impressively, the 1:4 scale model will be built in only three weeks. Thin layers of water and snow will be sprayed onto large, inflated molds. The pykrete (water mixed with sawdust) will be immediately absorbed by the snow before freezing. According to the organisers, “the wood fiber content makes the material three times as strong as normal ice, and it’s also a lot tougher.” Find out more about the project here.

Structural Diagram. Image Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

See the students’ dome construction project:

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Cite: Taylor-Foster, James. "Dutch Students To Build Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice" 10 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=514460>
  • Maureen

    after talking at work today about the cathedral in barcelona, I was intrigued at what you guys are putting together in finland. It looks really fantastic and maybe gaudi could have taken a leaf out of your book even on a small scale. I am going to follow the build if I’m allowed just to see the finish. well done to all of you. I’m a simple mother looking at something very interesting. It has brightened up my night.well done to you all. xx