Dutch Students To Build Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice

Montage. Image Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

A team of students 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 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 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.