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Chill Out With a Look Inside North America's Only Ice Hotel

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If the idea of spending the winter months all cozied up indoors seems a bit boring to you, consider the Hotel de Glace in Quebec—the only ice hotel in North America.

The hotel was first built in 2001 and has been reconstructed every winter since then. The lodgings last only a few months a year when the weather turns cold enough. This winter, the hotel will accept guests from January 4 to March 28.

Construction on the Hotel de Glace begins in December, and takes about 50 people roughly six weeks to complete. The primary building material—snow—is man-made and churned to be particularly dense and humid (snowman and snowball enthusiasts know that this makes for the best packing snow).

It takes a whopping 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow to complete the structure, which contains 44 rooms and themed suites, a restaurant, hot tubs, a sauna, an ice bar, and an ice shelf.

The unique experience doesn’t come cheap, with rooms starting at $199 per person. It’s also not exactly the lap of luxury: The rooms are kept at around 25 degrees Fahrenheit, so you have to bundle up and seal your sleeping bag tight if you expect to get any quality slumber. (For those who might be wondering, the bathrooms are heated.) For a less intimate experience, guided tours are available, or you can just gaze at the stunning photos below.

© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel deGlace


© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel deGlace


© Clermont Poliquin, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


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© Luc Rousseau, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


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© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


© Renaud Philippe, courtesy of Hotel de Glace


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© Luc Rousseau, courtesy of Hotel de Glace

[h/t The Real Deal]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

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