Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow Cone Coverage Part II

Just in case we haven't captured everything about the Snow Cone and Winter Stations Work:

Toronto Star

"Inspired by the form of a pine cone, the “Snowcone” was designed to act as a stained-glass greenhouse when it’s sunny, while using protruding white petals to catch falling snow and transform the hut into an igloo after a storm.
“It goes from transparent to opaque, using snow for insulation,” said Lily Jeon, who designed the structure on a computer with classmate Diana Koncan."
Urban Toronto
"Snow Cone takes the form of a pine cone-shaped geodesic dome structure, built with 3/4 inch electrical metallic tubing conduits assembled using bolts. The installation is made up of translucent acrylic leaves and transparent coloured acrylic panels bolted to exterior. The exterior of the warming station is easily the most eye-catching of the installations, and the views from within the structure's multicolour panels are equally impressive."


"Designed by a student team from Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science, this vibrant, geodesic dome-like structure resembles a giant pine cone. Its translucent acrylic panels bring some much-needed colour to the surrounding winter landscape."

House and Home


Thanks to Farah for the monitoring...

More Videos of the Snow Cone and other Winter Stations

Here is an excellent video courtesy of Snow Cone courtesy of team member, Lisa.

In addition to this great video, we have another video of the team from Farah.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Snow Cone Assemblage Time Lapse

Here is a time lapse video during the installation day... what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend than by assembling follies in freezing temperatures? Let this video serve to bring back warm memories...

Special thanks to Farah for putting the video together!

Snow Cone Assemblage Continues

As stated earlier, that the installation team were able to put the Snow Cone up within the day and in such freezing cold temperatures is an incredible feat. Taking a look at the apparel, it is evident that the team either decided to wear multiple winter wardrobes worth of clothing, or that blankets are making a comeback... it was that cold.

Note how the petals have different aperture conditions based upon the orientation to the winds... perhaps that was one of the reasons why the team got the Snow Cone up so quickly.

Going to and Working On Site

The intrepid [R]ed[U]x Lab team managed to get all the full scale mock-up disassembled and brought on to the site at the Beeches. Once on site, the team had to prep the area and start assembling... in near record-setting temperatures. The team braved the freezing temperatures by the water's edge with no refuge from the unforgiving winds. To say that this team was focused and devoted to the task is an understatement. How the team managed to not only assemble the precise elements but also keep smiles (or was that because their faces were frozen?) is an incredible feat.

Prepping the Colour Panels for the Snow Cone

Adding a little bit of colour and visual warmth to the design, the acrylic panels in the Snow Cone will ideally attract attention and contrast against the muted grey and white of the structure and surroundings. The team can be seen putting the finishing touches on the laser cut panels that also had to be numbered in order to ensure proper coordination of assembly.