Warm weather troublemaker at ice dome building in Finland

The high temperatures cause a delay in the building of the world’s largest ice dome by TU/e students in the Finnish town of Juuka.

According to Eindhovens Dagblad, Finland is experiencing the warmest winter in 146 years. The temperature hardly drops below zero, which is required for the igloo building project.

Two master students of the faculty Built Environment took the initiative. At the end of December, a whole team left for Finland in order to build a 30 meter ice dome using pykrete. The ice, reinforced with fine wood fibres, should be three times stronger than plain ice, research shows.

It is expected to start freezing in about five days. Then, the students can start building. If temperatures stay below zero, the huge ice dome is planned to be opened on 18 January.

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