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Chilly, Forsaken Architecture in Alaska

Friday, February 1, 2013

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About 180 miles from Anchorage, AK, stands a piece of frozen architecture.

Igloo City
_dorothy_ / Flickr

Icy reception: This building was planned to profit as a hotel in a remote area of Alaska.

Though it’s not made of ice and never opened because it failed to meet building codes, the Igloo City still gets a few visitors. The abandoned structure has also recently garnered attention of various media outlets, including London’s Daily Mail.

Believed to have been constructed sometime during the 1970s, the four-story, 30,000-square-foot, igloo-shaped building was supposed to serve as a hotel and pay homage to the Inuit people, according to reports.

Igloo Igloo City interior
Travis S. / Flickr (left); Atlas Obscura (right)

The abandoned concrete structure sits frozen, amid Alaska’s snow-capped mountains. The interior needs some touching up.

However, that plan was quashed even before the structure was completed, as building code and fire-safety violations were discovered, reports relate.

Today, having gone through a series of owners, the concrete structure sits frozen and empty amid Alaska’s picturesque snow-capped mountains, waiting to pose with tourists and serve as a medium for vandals.

It appears that it could use some coating work as well. Any takers?


Tagged categories: Architecture; Building codes; Design; Maintenance coating work; Renovation

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