Gingertown is the best example of creative collaboration between large numbers of gingerbread architects. Founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, invites leading architects, designers, and architectural firms in the D.C. area to design an build an entire city of candy, cookie, and confection. Participants chose a plot from a master plan designed by David M. Scwarz Architects, and are then free to develop their hand-crafted gingerbread building any way they like. This year's town displayed over 50 buildings including a dental office, dog park, clock tower, coffee shop, and bookstore set facing candy sprinkled street with candy cane street lights. In addition to raising sponsor funds to give to charity, the Gingertown buildings are donated and displayed at local hospitals, health care facilities and community support organizations to help spread the message of joy and hope during the holidays.
1. Selfridges Store Window inspired by the film by Bruce Weber
This architectural cookie installation was inspired by the film produced by Bruce Weber for Selfridges department store in London. Titled “A New Fashioned Christmas“, the film has whimsical scenes of . All of the storefront windows recreate whimsical scences from the film entitled “A New Fashioned Christmas.” In addition to windows donning ballerinas, fantastical sleepovers, and a pony-drawn carriage, this gingerbread recreation of the Selfridges building was installed by store workers overnight, and catches the eye of all who pass by! Shoppers with deep pockets can also take home a smaller gingerbread model of the store (shown in lead photo) that can be previewed in the Selfridges food hall.
images via Selfridges
2. Santa’s German Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Princess
An annual tradition at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Executive Chef Ralf Bauer has created an edible winter wonderland, which this year is themed “Hawaii and the World, a Global Holiday Celebration.” The Chef and his team spent over 800 hours designing, constructing and setting up the village which includes landmark buildings from around the world, as well as local Hawaiian architectural icons. The village replicates in yummy baked goods the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, a Japanese Pagoda, plus an entire German village with medieval churches, bell towers, train stations, a carousel, a skating rink, and a castle to replicate the homeland of Chef Bauer. The construction required 250 gallons of icing, 150 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of white chocolate, and 90 sheets of gingerbread. The village will be on display through January 2nd.
3. Hurricane Sandy Candycrane
In reaction to being shuttered for more than a week surrounding the events of Hurricane Sandy, executive Chef Emile Castillo at Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien Hotel built a 5-foot-tall replica of the highly publicized fallen crane that caused the evacuation of their building. The crane dangled off of One57, a neighboring high-priced residential project still in development. Playfully called the “Candycrane” this structure is part of a group of architectural gingerbread works showing at the Le Parker Meridien through January 3rd in order to raise charity funds to benefit CityHarvest.
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