Designer McDonough Debuts ICEhouse at World Economic Forum

January 19, 2016

ICEhouse(TM) (Innovation for the Circular Economy house) (C) 2016 William McDonough + Partners (PRNewsFoto/William McDonough + Partners)

ICEhouse(TM) (Innovation for the Circular Economy house) (C) 2016 William McDonough + Partners (PRNewsFoto/William McDonough + Partners)

Famed designer William McDonough, of Cradle to Cradle fame, will debut his latest creation, ICEhouse, in Davos, Switzerland, as a place for those attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting to gather and discuss the future of Innovation for the Circular Economy.

The structure has been designed to demonstrate the positive design framework described in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in the circular economy.

According to McDonough, who serves as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy, “In an economic sense, the circular economy puts the ‘re’ back into resources.”

ICEhouse“ICEhouse is a structure designed for disassembly and reconstruction,” said William McDonough. “In a poetic sense, like ice, it is ephemeral: It is here for a week, in the Alps. Next week it will melt away… destined to reappear elsewhere.”

ICEhouse also is an experiment in employing the WonderFrame™, which William McDonough is designing as part of a broader vision for a simple structural system that could be erected with locally available materials (in any given location) quickly and to accommodate a range of uses.

Of the WonderFrame concept, McDonough noted that it is “designed to help us find ways to utilize many kinds of affordable materials to create dignified buildings for people in a variety of situations. We are calling it ‘wonder’ because we want people to wonder what it’s made of, and ‘frame’ because it is meant to be whatever structure each community and culture may need, and constructed from whatever materials they have available in that place at that time.”

After the close of the 2016 World Economic Forum, McDonough plans to locate an ICEhouse in Amsterdam, at The Valley at Schiphol Trade Park, The Netherlands’ new National Hub for the Circular Economy (for which McDonough is a partner and master architect).

ICEhouse™ and WonderFrame™ are trademarks of McDonough Innovation, LLC.
Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC, LLC.

Source and Photos: PR Newswire, William McDonough + Partners



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.