“Urgloo” The Urban Igloo

The vision for the “urban igloo” was to embrace and celebrate the indigenous culture of Canada into urban cities. The concept behind this design was to create a public art feature to be incorporated into public skating areas. The urban igloo is a modern spin on the traditional igloo, also known as a snow house or snow hut, which provides both shelter and visual interest.

Urban Igloo

The Inuit language word iglu (plural igluit) can be used for a house or home built of any material,[1] and is not restricted exclusively to snowhouses. For this project the shape was more essential than the material it is to be constructed from. The shape is symbolizes a modern house form, rather than the traditional dome shape.

Urban Igloo 2

The transparent skylights which flow down the sides of the structure create interesting shadow lines and help bring in the surrounding views.

Urban Igloo 3
Urban Igloo 4b

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