Flamenco Ice Tower

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Flamenco Ice Tower

An international group made up of students and professors of Dutch and Chinese descent from the Technology University of Eindhoven, Summa College and the Harbin Institute of Technology, used the ice to build the "Flamenco Ice Tower" in Harbin, China.

The captivating design of the tower was inspired by the shape of traditional Chinese towers and the traditional dress used to dance flamenco. It rises to a height of 31 meters, the equivalent to that of a 6-storey building and for this reason the structure has been classified as the largest ice tower in the world.

The key to the success of the tower is the use of fiber-reinforced ice. Natural fibers, like wood, merge with ice to strengthen it, generating an extremely reliable construction material. This discovery could contain solutions for temporary construction in cold areas, events or even a mission to Mars.

To build the large tower, a balloon was first assembled and inflated to serve as a base and serve as a mold for the interior of the structure. An average thickness of 25 cm of the fiber-reinforced ice was then sprayed onto the balloon. The official opening of the Flamenco Ice Tower was held on 10 January by the Dutch ambassador.


Flamenco Ice Tower
Flamenco Ice Tower
Flamenco Ice Tower
Flamenco Ice Tower
Flamenco Ice Tower
Flamenco Ice Tower
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