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TU/e Students to Build Leonardo da Vinci's Bridge Out of Ice

15:00 - 25 April, 2015
TU/e Students to Build Leonardo da Vinci's Bridge Out of Ice, Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology
Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will attempt to beat the world-record for the longest open span attained by an ice structure by constructing an ice bridge inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Following a yearly tradition of exhibiting architecture made from ice, the bridge is anticipated to span an astounding 50 meters. If the team succeeds, they will shatter the school's previous record set in 2014 when students built an ice dome spanning 30 meters.

Read on after the break for more on the massive ice bridge.

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

00:00 - 24 December, 2014
Students Head To Finland To Construct Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia From Ice, Reimagining the Sagrada Familia in ice. Image © Bart van Overbeeke / TU/e
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 Finland 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

00:00 - 10 June, 2014
Dutch Students To Build Gaudí's Sagrada Familia From Ice, Montage. Image Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology
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 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

19:00 - 14 December, 2012
On Rudolph Olgiati via Eindhoven University of Technology, Courtesy of Jan Schevers
On Rudolph Olgiati via Eindhoven University of Technology, 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.