Snow Problem: Architecture For All Seasons

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Is it just us, or is it getting cold out there? After an unseasonably warm autumn in many parts of the world, it seems that one of Game of Thrones’ favorite catchphrases finally has a ring of truth about it: winter is coming. As temperatures continue to drop across the northern hemisphere, it shouldn’t be long until cities from New York to London are transformed into a winter wonderland.

While this weather can prove troublesome for some buildings — see Frank Gehry’s Stata Center at MIT, where ice and snow piled precariously upon swooping canopies — other projects are designed with wintry conditions firmly in mind. We’ve gathered together a striking set of hardy projects from around the world, each of which earned a place on the shortlist for Architizer’s A+Awards over the past three years. Wrap up warm and explore these steadfast structures over a warm cup of coffee:

Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Dalian, China

Alpine Cabin by Scott and Scott Architects, Vancouver Island, Canada

Halley VI Antarctic Research Station by AECOM and Hugh Broughton Architects, Antarctica

© Marc Lins Photography

© Marc Lins Photography

Mountain Cabin in Laternser Valley by Marte.Marte Architects, Laterns, Austria

Wildspitzbahn by Baumschlager Hutter Partners, Sankt Leonhard im Pitztal, Austria

Cabin at Norderhov by AtelierOslo, Hønefoss, Norway

New Mountain Hut at Tracuit by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, Zermatt, Switzerland

Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects, Zeeland, Netherlands

© Miran Kambic

© Miran Kambic

© Miran Kambic

© Miran Kambic

Ski Jumps Planica by abiro, Rateče, Slovenia

© Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

The Mill House // Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Skane County, Sweden

© Wataru Kumano

Kashikoto Monakaya // Wataru Kumano

Kanazawa, Japan