Every neighborhood has its share of vacant lots. They are generally depressing, stagnant, and attract large quantities of detritus. Most of them are stuck in a holding pattern until a developer comes along and snatches them up for the next shiny new luxury condo project.

Macro Sea wants to rescue these lost patches of land and transform them into climbing walls for urban mountaineers. In the winter, just add water, and the alley becomes a visually striking tower of ice for adventurers to scale. The forgotten corners of the city can become fun, active, social spaces … at least until the next shiny new luxury condo project.

CONCEPT, DESIGN + DIRECTION:
David Belt, Macro Sea, Executive Director

COLLABORATION + CONSULTING:
Jocko Weyland, Macro Sea, Aesthetic Collaborator + Consultant

VISUALIZATION + DESIGN COLLABORATION:
Vamos Architects
  • Rendering of Warm Weather Infill Lot

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  • Rendering of Cold Weather Infill Lot

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  • Existing Lot

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  • Rendering of Nighttime Block Party

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  • Inspiration - Ice Climbing Apartment Building

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  • Ice Wall in Unused Industrial Area

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  • Rooftop Ice Wall

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  • Rendering of Ice Walls Across NYC

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