“Underberg” is an urban iceberg. The world under the ice unfolds as a kind of magical urbanism. Its crevasses take on the form of the avenues and streets of the gridiron.
The edges of blocks drip as if they are melting, creating spaces like rooms with rain instead of walls. Throughout the walls of the streets an intricate series of marble patterns act as a kind of instinctual wayfinding for its citizens. Fifty foot poles hold the entire form up off the ground in an adapted tensegrity frame. The poles represent the idea of structure, but they also comprise the giant air intakes and exhaust to keep cool air going through the courtyard at all times. The poles are prefabricated telecommunications towers; once their job in the courtyard is done, they will be re-sold. The glacial forms and marble surfaces are made out of Tyvek, an extremely low embodied energy material. It has been crafted to resemble stone using the centuries old practice of aqueous marbling. The Tyvek will be re-purposed by American Apparel for a limited collection of coats and jackets.
LAMAS, Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio, is a small international office based in Toronto. Their experimentations on form and hybrids, leads them to explore different types of projects from existing models to mutations and hybridization. Their tools of production oscillate between digital and conventional, from simulation, to model making and drawing.
LAMAS was finalist for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2014. They also won the R+D Award un 2011. LAMAS received numerous honorable mentions in I.D Magazine, Architizer + Awards, and ACSA Faculty Design Awards.