Brief – 13 July, 2010 – Woods Bagot New York has initiated a “super-green” building system that reimagines and revitalises stalled construction sites as 100 per cent recyclable, high performance inflatable temporary “Icebergs” that can be used for a variety of purposes.
According to the company the systems are one-tenth the weight of a conventional building, and the structure design features recycled, recyclable and reusable materials that promote efficient delivery, installation, performance and disassembly whilst maximising vital light and air connections.
Able to be erected and dismantled in days, the design uses a modular and reusable steel frame, wrapped in translucent polycarbonate panels at grade and topped by inflated pillows of super-lightweight Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene.
Programmed to flex and seem directly embedded in the city, the Icebergs are “unique physical spaces” that support a wide range of uses: interactive “pop up” retail sites to exhibitions and cultural events; from local start-ups and not-for-profit organisations to regional and global brands. They can be easily transported in a single shipping container.