all through sweden‘s chilly wintry weather, ulf mejergren architects (UMA) constructed a brief construction in stockholm from an excessively easily-sourced subject material — snow. the mission, referred to as ‘snowball hut’, marked the primary of the swedish structure studio’s ‘primitive huts’ collection, the place the workforce shall be developing easy but considerate constructions the usage of one subject material most effective, ideally present in nature. the function is to create no less than one hut annually.
external view of snowball hut
pictures courtesy of ulf mejergren architects (UMA)
snowball hut takes inspiration from a snow lantern: a wintertime custom present in scandinavian nations. in sweden, the cone-shaped lanterns are referred to as ‘snölykta’ they usually’re made by means of stacking snowballs, with little tealights put within to lead them to glow at evening. identical to the snölykta, however super-sized, ulf mejergren architects applied 4000 snowballs to make a hole and permeable hut that individuals can take a seat within. when the inner is lit up, the gaps between the snowballs have the funds for a delightful glow, highest for sweden’s lengthy wintry weather nights.
the doorway was once gently carved out after the hut was once constructed
ulf mejergren architects says that the optimal temperature to make snowballs is round 2-3°C. ‘whether it is less warm, the snow won’t stick correctly and whether it is hotter, it’ll soften away. all through the day of advent, the prerequisites have been optimum, but if the night got here it changed into hotter. the great factor was once that the snowballs melted in combination in a pleasing model, and the hollows changed into extra distinguished. it additionally changed into more straightforward to create the doorway by means of gently taking out the required snowballs,’ tells the architect.
close-up of the snowball pores and skin
day time view ahead of the doorway was once carved out
having a look up
day time aspect view
the permeable construction makes the hut glow when the inner is lit
the hut slowly melting away
title: snowball hut
location: stockholm, sweden
architect: ulf mejergren architects (UMA)
12 months: 2021
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