Cast in Place: Ice Fishing Hut Uses Frozen Walls of Water


Think: cast-in-place versus prefab concrete. Part fishing shack, part igloo, part minimalist chalet, this portable part-time dwelling uses blocks of ice that are poured on the spot rather than painstakingly cut, drug and assembled on site.

Wire mesh reinforces these wall-and-window elements, which can serve as a trellis for greenery during summer months of disuse (or alternative open-air uses).

“Unavailability” from studio Gartnerfuglen can be assembled in minutes, or less, by a pair of people – easy to deploy and also to store (since the heaviest part – the thick walls – simply melt away). Photos by Astrid Rohde Wang and Olav Lunde Arneberg.

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