CONSTRUCTING A SNOW FLAKE
Project by: KRISTAL.
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Size: 50 m2
Client: Warming Huts Competition
Materials: Wood, Steel, Snow
"Constructing a Snowflake" is an experiential installation that aims at offering visitors two semi protected spaces where visitors can gather and have new perspectives on the surrounding winter landscape. The installation takes initial inspiration from the geometrical forming mechanism of a snowflake. The flake's hexagonal form is translated into pure, metallic structural elements, and upon assembly they take the shape of a curved cone.
In order to support the construction of "The Flake", a timber waffle structure (The Anti Flake) is built, and instead of being discarded, it forms a second pavilion with an identical shape.
The two pavilions are uplifted on circular snow bases that protect the bottom part. The mirrored position of the pavilions visually ties the two together and creates an understanding of the way they were constructed.
The pavilions are constructed with only 3 materials; steel rebar, timber and snow, enhancing the relations between the formal complexity and the materialistic simplicity.