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Can you beat this? Architects carve scale model of Norwich Castle keep from snow

PUBLISHED: 11:45 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:11 01 March 2018

The team at LSI Architects responsible for the snow castle. From left, Rachel Harmer, Chris Soman, Jordan Armstrong, Blair Luther-Veitch, Matthew Reeve and Samanta Berzina. Picture: LSI Architects.

The team at LSI Architects responsible for the snow castle. From left, Rachel Harmer, Chris Soman, Jordan Armstrong, Blair Luther-Veitch, Matthew Reeve and Samanta Berzina. Picture: LSI Architects.

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Forget snowball fights and carrot-nosed snowmen – when the white stuff started falling the team at LSI Architects put their training to good use by sculpting a scale model of Norwich Castle keep.

The finished snow model of Norwich’s Castle keep, made by the team at LSI Architects in Norwich. Picture: LSI Architects.The finished snow model of Norwich’s Castle keep, made by the team at LSI Architects in Norwich. Picture: LSI Architects.

The team set to work forming a mound for the castle to be built upon, before using a plastic storage box from the office to make a tightly packed snow cube.

They then carved in the detail with car ice scrapers and rulers, before finishing the project with a bridge to the castle gardens and a miniature snowman guard.

Blair Luther-Veitch, architectural assistant, said: “A group of us decided to make the most of the snow and head out into the car park at lunchtime. We all agreed that as a team of architects and technologists, we should really be more ambitious with our snow creation.

“It didn’t take us long to find our inspiration. We only needed to take a quick look out of the window of our office on Cattle Market Street to see one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings, Norwich Castle.

The team began by forming the castle mound for the building to sit upon. Picture: LSI Architects.The team began by forming the castle mound for the building to sit upon. Picture: LSI Architects.

“We used a few things lying around in the office as moulds to build our own snow version of Norwich castle – complete with castle mound and bridge and other details that make it so recognisable.

“We’ve been amazed by the response on social media to something that was just us having a bit of fun in the snow.”

The team had been hoping to follow up their castle creation with another Norwich landmark in snow today, but have had to scrap their plans with much of the snow turning to ice.

A repurposed plastic storage box from the office then helped the architects to form the structure of the keep. Picture: LSI Architects.A repurposed plastic storage box from the office then helped the architects to form the structure of the keep. Picture: LSI Architects.

It took a team of six from LSI to make the model. Picture: LSI Architects.It took a team of six from LSI to make the model. Picture: LSI Architects.

Fortunately there was plenty of snow to go around. Picture: LSI Architects.Fortunately there was plenty of snow to go around. Picture: LSI Architects.

With the main structure complete, work then began to carve it into a likeness of the 900-year-old castle keep. Picture: LSI Architects.With the main structure complete, work then began to carve it into a likeness of the 900-year-old castle keep. Picture: LSI Architects.

And it required a steady hand, an eye for detail and the odd plastic ruler to get it just right. Picture: LSI Architects.And it required a steady hand, an eye for detail and the odd plastic ruler to get it just right. Picture: LSI Architects.

With the building complete, and the sun setting, it was time for a photo. Picture: LSI Architects.With the building complete, and the sun setting, it was time for a photo. Picture: LSI Architects.

Ta-da! The completed model of Norwich Castle keep, as made by LSI Architects. Picture: LSI Architects.Ta-da! The completed model of Norwich Castle keep, as made by LSI Architects. Picture: LSI Architects.

A miniature snowman guards the snow castle. Picture: LSI Architects.A miniature snowman guards the snow castle. Picture: LSI Architects.

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