ARCTICtecture: The Ice Shanty Project

The Shelburne Museum, located in Vermont's Lake Champlain Valley and notably one of the most unique collections of art and Americana in the country, invited 5 architectural firms to participate in reimagining the ice shanty. An ice shanty is a small portable 'shed' that is used to protect its users from the elements when they're out on a frozen lake ice fishing. 

The participants in the design project were TruexCullins, Peregrine Design / Build, Selin + Selin Architecture, S2 Architecture, and Pill-Maharam Architects. The guidelines were simple; each structure must fit on a trailer and cost under $1,000. This freedom from stringent rules mixed with inspiration from long standing ice fishing traditions was illustrated in the end result. Each firm created something wildly different from one another, producing a magnificent collection of beautiful structures, ranging in size, shape, and materials. Take a look at the results below, and just imagine yourself out on the lake, fishing and soaking in the serene feeling that ice fishing exudes.

TruexCullins

The Ice Ark

The Ice Ark

Held together by paracord.

Held together by paracord.

Sun peaking through the paracord holes.

Sun peaking through the paracord holes.

Interior of the Ice Ark with 3 fishing holes.

Interior of the Ice Ark with 3 fishing holes.

Paracord and plywood assembly.

Paracord and plywood assembly.

Exterior of the Ice Ark.

Exterior of the Ice Ark.

Peregrine Design/Build

Fish Tales: Between Earth and Ice

Fish Tales: Between Earth and Ice

Benches mounted on the inside and protrude to the outside.

Benches mounted on the inside and protrude to the outside.

Clever door handle.

Clever door handle.

Interior of Fish Tales.

Interior of Fish Tales.

Detail of a metal fabricated fish breaking through the door.

Detail of a metal fabricated fish breaking through the door.

Selin + Selin Architecture

All Things Sweet and Sour

All Things Sweet and Sour

Roof Detail.

Roof Detail.

Interior of All Things Sweet and Sour.

Interior of All Things Sweet and Sour.

The sun creates some amazing shapes through the interior of the ice hut. 

The sun creates some amazing shapes through the interior of the ice hut. 

S2 Architecture

4x4 Shanty.

4x4 Shanty.

Trellis details.

Trellis details.

Warm light heated up the interior.

Warm light heated up the interior.

Interior of 4x4 Shanty.

Interior of 4x4 Shanty.

Pill Maharam Architects

i.c.e. c.u.b.e.

i.c.e. c.u.b.e.

Center pivoting door. 

Center pivoting door. 

Bevel detail enhances the "cube" effect.

Bevel detail enhances the "cube" effect.

Stainless steel door handle.

Stainless steel door handle.

Interior of i.c.e. c.u.b.e..

Interior of i.c.e. c.u.b.e..

Lake Champlain isn't frozen over right now and I wanted to see what these shanties would look like in the wild, so I Photoshopped them into their natural environment. They're even more breathtaking juxtaposed against the crispness of the snow and ice.

Ice Ark in action.

Ice Ark in action.

Fish Tales in its natural habitat.

Fish Tales in its natural habitat.

All Things Sweet and Sour at work.

All Things Sweet and Sour at work.