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Miss Karolina Kielb Bartlett School of Architecture

Re(g)Rhône Glacier

Sited on the Rhône Glacier in Switzerland, the project embodies the Ice Stupa typology by using melting ice to restore fragments of vulnerable glacial landscape. Glaciers have been melting at an unprecedented rate, which predicts their disappearance within the next 100 years. Due to this, there are various methods of preserving. Areas of the Rhône are currently covered in white fleece blankets which reflect sun rays and reduce the melting by 70%. As the Himalayan glaciers melt at the fastest rate in the world, Sonam Wangchuk has engineered an Ice Stupa—an artificial glacier that uses melting water from existing glaciers and re-purposes it into 50-meter cone-shaped ice sculptures, holding up to 2 million litres of water each. Re(g)Rhône Glacier, takes precedent from those methods of preservation to restore a fragment of the Rhône Glacier. With the advance of the new glacial landscape, the buildings succeed in incremental self-destruction.

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