Washington, United States: The American global architecture firm NBBJ today launched a concept of ‘Frost Flowers’, a series of natural ice rinks on the Thames that restore an event River Thames frost fairs that was once regular on the surface of the river.
Before the 1830s, during winter when the original London Bridge slowed the flow of the river and froze it for a few days, the Frost Fair was a reoccurring celebration throughout the city.
Taking into account the ongoing climate talks in Paris and the holiday season in London, NBBJ has taken inspiration from this once great event and wants to return the winter spirit to the capital.
The model proposes retractable jetties that would expand into large circular discs. Sunken little below the water level, these pan-shaped objects would separate a thin pool of water from the flowing from the river and let the water freeze naturally. This area will become the spot of a latest Frost Fair that will bring public ice-skating, markets and exhibitions to Londoners.
The Thames saw an intentional interest in 2015 with proposed bridges, floating villages and swimming pools. The purpose of this concept is to restore the public recreational activity on the surface of the river. Also, bring back an annual event that will connect London with its heritage.
Designed with a simple foldaway structure, the project can be easily installed and modified to many places in London and other city rivers around the world.
Christian Coop, Design Director of NBBJ, explained why River Thames offers such attractive and essential resources for the city, “In a dense, modern city such as London the Thames provides a unique open vista where the history and origins of this great city can be viewed. A draw for Londoners and tourists alike, the South Bank has become a bustling leisure area with bars and markets lining the river. New space is now desperately needed, and accordingly we looked to our heritage to find one possible solution.”
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