Ice Bloom

Ice Bloom:

Ice Bloom is a collaboration between Lancelot Coar (University of Manitoba), Michael Cox and Dr. Sigrid Adriaenssens (Princeton University), Dr. Lars De Laet (Vrije Universiteit Brussles), and Mark West, carried out at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.) at the University of Manitoba. The project explores the ability of bending active structures, made in this case by fiberglass rebar, to produce an efficient structural frame for a fabric formed ice shell. The organizing pattern of the bars are guided by the principle stress lines of the structure, which help to shape the fabric formed ice shell in relation to those optimal stresses. The aim of this project is to expand a tectonic and methodological approach to developing structurally efficient, formally unique and buildable bending active frames and shell structures by working directly with force flow and material behaviour.


Project Partners:

Dr. Sigrid Adriaenssens, Princeton University

Michael Cox, Princeton University

Dr. Lars de Laet, AE Lab - Vrije University, Brussels

Mark West


Thank you to the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and Princeton University SEAS senior thesis funding for financial support.