In China students build world’s largest ice shell construction

An international student team, led by students of TU Eindhoven, have built the world’s tallest ice shell construction ever, in Harbin, China. The tower is 31 meters high and is built of ice reinforced with paper fibers, which was sprayed on a large inflated balloon that was removed from the ice construction today so that the tower now supports its own weight. The tower will be officialy opened by the Dutch ambassador in China on 10 January.

The addition of paper fibers makes the ice much stronger. This enables structures to be built using  little material. The wall of the ice tower has an average thickness of only 25 centimeters. The design of the tower is based on traditional Chinese architecture and a flamenco dress. The name of the tower is the ‘Flamenco Ice Tower’.

Besides students from Eindhoven University of Technology, students from Summa College in Eindhoven and Harbin Institute of Technology were also involved in the realization of the ice tower.  It was built for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which is world’s largest ice festival. The tower is located next to the Maple Village outlet center, which is the main sponsor. The Dutch heavy lifting and transport company Mammoet is another important sponsor.

The construction took about three weeks. The tower will be opened officially on January 10. Harbin is located in the northeast of China, close to Siberia. In January the average daytime temperature is -20 degrees Celsius.

Pictures of the realization can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Structuralice/