Ice Cycle House, Buffalo, N.Y.

In upstate New York State, where big snows are a given, this designer has decided to make it an asset rather than a liability.

In upstate New York State, where big snows are a given, this designer has decided to make it an asset rather than a liability.

Oversized gutters allow water to be held and released through a wall of roof to ground pipes rather over time rather than damming up and causing roof problems

The Ice Cycle home is designed to hold snow on its roof as an insulator, eliminating the need to shovel snow off of over-loaded roofs.

A view of the roof plane of the Ice Cycle home.

A framing diagram

Over time, the copper pipes stretching from the gutter to the ground would turn verdigris green from the water runoff.

Traditional icycles would become non-traditional icycles as the water drains through the exterior wall screen of copper pipes.

A diagram of the Ice Cycle's "systems"

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