The Icy winter weather is well on its way, but while most of us are turning up the thermostat, several creative designers are turning that below zero chill into incredible examples of ice architecture. We’ve scoured the world’s coldest corners to bring you a MC flurry of Buildings.

TRON ICE HOTEL SUITE | Sweden

With the much anticipated 3D TRON: Legacy coming out in theaters, a set of British designers are celebrating the Disney movie with a suite at the famous IceHotel above the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The electric blue Tron-inspired lighting scheme is achieved by cutting grooves into the ice, inserting energy efficient EL wire and then icing over the wire to keep it in place.

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ICEBAR & HOTEL | London

Enjoy the exhilarating -5°C experience of ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL, the UK’s only permanent bar made of ice, located on Heddon Street, a hidden pedestrianised haven off of London’s famous Regent Street. The cold sensory environment where the walls, bar, tables and even your own personal glass are made of the purest ice. A concept at the very heart of ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL is that everything inside is made from crystal clear Torne River ice which is harvested from the pristine winter wonderland of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden.

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QUEBEC’S HOTEL DE GLACE

Each year outside of Quebec City, the gorgeous Hotel De Glace is open to the public during the coldest winter months, beginning in January. Made almost entirely from snow and ice, the hotel changes design and shape each year, with a winner chosen from an annual design contest. Visitors can sleep in artistically designed ice rooms, enjoy cocktails in the ice bar or even get married in the ice chapel, before the complex melts come spring time.

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HARBIN ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL | China

For nearly 3 decades, hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in northeast China to witness dazzling works of ice architecture that stretch up to the sky and light up at night. Talented artisans use swing saws to carve giant chunks of ice from the frozen Songhua River and mold them into jaw-dropping life-size sculptures. The festival officially starts each year on January 5th (when temperatures can dip as low as minus 36 degrees fahrenheit!), but if the weather cools off earlier, it’s possible that these temporary art pieces will pop up sooner.

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GEOTHERMAL ICE CASTLES

Winters in Minnesota are cold and the best way to get through the bone-chilling season is to have fun with it, just like Roger Hanson does. For the last 4 years the ice builder has been growing ice castles in his front yard with the help of his geothermal heating system, some fancy sprayers and a computer program he created himself.

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FINLAND’S LUMI LINNA SNOW CASTLE

The SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland is the source of great pride as well as a true showcase of architectonic snow-work of the local constructors. Every winter – year 2014 for the 19th time in a row -the SnowCastle offers wonderful experiences for both children and adults alike. Great light-effects will add to the charm of the snow- and ice-sculpting as well as to the structures about the SnowCastle.

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Article Source: Inhabitat.com/ice-architecture