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.
Selin + Selin Architecture
Pill Maharam Architects
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.