With the economy on hold, there are lots of good (and some bad) construction projects currently frozen mid-construction, leaving a glaring rip in the urban fabric. As Woods Bagot New York Principal Jeffrey Holmes traveled to work every day, he contemplated these voids and wondered what could be done to make them more attractive and useful until developers resumed their projects. What he came up with is an urban 'Iceberg' made of recycled and recyclable materials that could be easily installed and would serve as a temporary and flexible space for any number of uses.
The ‘Icebergs’, as seen at Bustler, are designed to be versatile spaces with minimal infrastructure and construction requirements, serving as architectural placeholders rather than real buildings. Woods Bagot envisions the temporary installations that look high quality and could attract top-notch vendors while encouraging developers to start working again. The unique spaces could support a wide range of uses, like pop-up retail shops, exhibitions, cultural events, or even temporary spaces for non-profit start-ups. A special lighting system could project images and brand logos up on the peaks of the icebergs to advertise the space.