During the course of the Lapland Snow Design Project three pilot projects were designed and realized together with several conceptual designs. The purpose was to develop a design model that could be applied in designing concepts that meet the needs of customers.


This model was to be as flexible as to allow for a high level of customization and creative design solutions.

Here is a brief description of the design and production process of a typical snow and ice environment design project.


This general model can be tailored to meet specific design requirements depending on the type and scale of the assignment. Naturally, a small-scale project requires a smaller set-up whereas large projects need perhaps a more detailed approach to the specific design problem.


The assignments have to be planned case-by-case for them to be able to be executed in the most feasible manner. Snow and ice environments are in most if not in all cases ephemeral or temporary structures that will be in use from a period of only a couple of days to a maximum of few months.


Theoretically at least, it would be possible to extend the environments’ life-span but this would require them to be built in places where the climate is controllable, consistently cold and breeze-free or by using unsustainable cooling equipment with enormous utility costs.