The Wish-Igloo parklet in Covington, Kentucky engages the local community by allowing people to leave personalized messages in the form of wishes. Inspired by traditional Japanese plaques called "emas", architects Harry Ross of fieldCRAFTstudio and Seth Trance transformed a parking space into a unique temporary installation that facilitates socialization and creativity with a place where people can drink coffee, chat, create and relax.
The Wish-Igloo parklet is part of the Renaissance Covington’s Curb’d program which focuses on temporarily repurposing parking spaces throughout the city. It was selected as one of five winning entries to the design-build competition, all of which are based on the idea of repurposing small chunks of urban space into engaging spatial experiments.
The structure is installed in front of Left Bank Coffeehouse in Covington, where it will stay throughout the summer. Passersby and customers of the coffee house can pin their wishes to the fabric of the Wish-Igloo and move its operable panels to personalize the space.
The upcycling design strategy the architects deployed is reflected in every aspect of the project, which comprises a curved roof structure with a single steel spine, together with laminated ribs made of marine grade plywood. Every element of the structure -from planters and timber ribs, to steel components – can be upcycled. This philosophy includes the timber flooring and decking which the team reused from an old barn in Ohio.