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The fold-up fishing hut with walls of ice

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Unavailability is an achingly simple piece of design, functioning as a folding fishing hut with walls of ice
Unavailability is an achingly simple piece of design, functioning as a folding fishing hut with walls of ice
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Simply called Unavailability, this achingly simple piece of design is a one-man wooden-framed fold-up fishing hut with chicken wire-mesh walls that can be packed with ice by the user to keep out the wind while letting in light
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Simply called Unavailability, this achingly simple piece of design is a one-man wooden-framed fold-up fishing hut with chicken wire-mesh walls that can be packed with ice by the user to keep out the wind while letting in light
Unavailability is an achingly simple piece of design, functioning as a folding fishing hut with walls of ice
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Unavailability is an achingly simple piece of design, functioning as a folding fishing hut with walls of ice
How to melt your ice-walls in one easy-to-follow step
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How to melt your ice-walls in one easy-to-follow step
A single panel of the structure made from birch veneer functions as a door, and reveals a wooden-slatted base which, with the addition of a rug actually looks rather cosy
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A single panel of the structure made from birch veneer functions as a door, and reveals a wooden-slatted base which, with the addition of a rug actually looks rather cosy
Unavailability is designed by Gartnerfulgen Arkitekter for maximum portability
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Unavailability is designed by Gartnerfulgen Arkitekter for maximum portability
It's, er, warming to see an application that plays to the strengths of ice's impermanence
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It's, er, warming to see an application that plays to the strengths of ice's impermanence
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Simply called Unavailability, this achingly simple piece of design is a one-man wooden-framed fold-up fishing hut with chicken wire-mesh walls that can be packed with ice by the user to keep out the wind while letting in light.

Unavailability is designed by Gartnerfulgen Arkitekter for maximum portability. The idea is, should you wish to change fishing hotspot, you simply shake out the ice, fold the thing up and you're on your way. Quite how simple constructing the ice-walls will prove to be is quite another matter, however.

A single panel of the structure made from birch veneer functions as a door, and reveals a wooden-slatted base which, with the addition of a rug actually looks rather cosy. Judging by the pictures of the structure being assembled, it looks as if the slats have to be loosely arranged every time.

As Treehugger notes, this thing is really only good for use during winter (ice being relatively hard to come by at other times of year), but as an artisanal concept only, practicalities are hardly a foremost priorities.

Yet, ice as a building material is always of interest, and it's, er, warming to see an application that plays to the strengths of ice's impermanence. Unlike the permanent ice hotels that have cropped up in recent years, Unavailability has something of the igloo about it.

Sources: Gartnerfulgen Arkitekter, Treehugger

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3 comments
3 comments
Mr Stiffy
Yeah that is a cool idea....
Lay the frame on a flat surface, fill with fresh lake water, Bingo!
(almost) Instant walls, door and roof.
SteveZ
Why ice? Wouldn't clear stretch wrap accomplish the same thing to hold heat in and keep wind out? (Or more if the temp is cool but not freezing.) You could just rap it around the poles for transport and unroll it for assembly?
Tiago Roque
it is a nice idea to use a "chicken coop" as a fishing hut