PinPin Studio’s Snow-Maze-Ing Playground Entices In Kiruna
Cool architecture and sculptures made from ice are a hot trend these days. A fine example of frozen art is PinPin Studio’s snow maze and playground for the winter festival in Kiruna, Sweden. Made in collaboration with a number of partners, including the famous ICEHOTEL, the playground in the white of the Scandinavian frost features a hedge-scale maze, two slides, a huge snow lantern, four egg-shaped seats, and benches made out of ice. The designers envisioned a lost city in the middle of a snow and ice jungle. The maze’s ten-foot-high walls are made of packed snow and ice from the Torne River, which is known for its very clear ice, harvested each year by the ICEHOTEL.
Light is visible through the ice walls on all four sides of the maze, adding to the confusion of trying to get through the maze. Two large snow hills flank the park so visitors can look out over the park and sneak a peak at the maze, if they are cheaters. The top of the hill is also the start of an ice slide with two parallel tracks. The park is free of charge, and open for visitors until the sun melts it in April.