With news breaking today that Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, it looks like we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Maybe it won’t all be as bad as winter storm Juno, the blizzard that dumped almost three feet of snow on the Northeast region on Jan. 26 and 27; but just in case, ARCHITECT has compiled several appropriate architectural responses to inclement weather conditions.
Here are six wintry projects to inspire you through the next six weeks:
This year’s three Warming Huts winners— two shelters and one installation— were designed along the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trail, Red River Mutual, in Winnipeg, Canada.
This project pulls from indigenous traditions in an effort to propose healthier and more sustainable methods of making and distributing food across northern Canada.
The Museum of Science and Industry, in Manchester, United Kingdom, hosted an exhibition in late 2013 entitled “Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica.” With increased research on the southernmost continent has come a new era of construction of resilient structures suitable for the most severe climates on the planet.
Currently under construction in Copenhagen (and on display at the National Building Museum), the Amager Resource Center is a waste facility that doubles as an urban ski park. Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group won a competition to design this new landmark for the capital city, which features a 90-meter (295-foot) climbing wall, and 400 meters (approximately a quarter-mile) of skiing terrain on the roof of a waste-to-energy facility also known as the Powder Plant.
Last month, Studio Daniel Libeskind released preliminary designs for the Vilnius Beacon Ski Center in Lithuania. With architecture meant to reflect the varied topography of the country, the resort—scheduled for completion in 2016—aims to draw tourism to the city of Vilnius.
For the inhospitable (read: -100° F) climate of Antarctica, Hugh Broughton Architects worked with AECOM to design the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station. The modular research station can be relocated through a combination of hydraulics and skis to that it never finds itself too close to the edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf, on which it currently rests.