Students Head To Finland To Construct Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice

Reimagining the Sagrada Familia in ice. Image © Bart van Overbeeke / TU/e

A team of  from Eindhoven University are set to build a forty metre high model of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia out of ‘ice’. The project, which follows their completion of the world’s biggest ice dome last year, will be constructed from pykrete and reinforced with wood fibres. The fifty-strong team will head to on the 28th December 2014 to begin construction of the impressive 1:5 scale model, which will be built in only four weeks in order to officially open in the last week of January 2015.

Read about their unique construction method and see photos of the preparatory work after the break.

Dutch Students To Build Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice

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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.

The Language of Architecture at Eindhoven University of Technology: Exploring Rudolf Olgiati’s Work

On Rudolf Olgiati via Eindhoven University of Technology; Courtesy of Jan Schevers (1)
On Rudolph Olgiati via , Courtesy of Jan Schevers

Delicately crafted models by twelve students at Eindhoven University of Technologywill be the feature of an exhibit on Rudolf Olgiati called Die Sprache der Architektur (The Language of Architect).  Oligiati was a Swiss Architect of the mid-20th century whose work has been attributed to the New Objectivist Movement.  His work, which largely featured single family homes, brought a modernist aesthetic to the tradition of the mountainous Grisons of eastern Switzerland.

More on this exhibit after the break.