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July 2, 2016 - September 5, 2016

The ICEBERGS are now closed. 

Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation opened as part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 - September 5, 2016.

Visitors had the opportunity to:

  • Explore a fantastical glacial sea designed by landscape architects
  • Ascend to a viewing area inside the tallest berg
  • Traverse an undersea bridge or slide down an ice chute
  • Try Japanese kakigori shaved ice provided by the restaurant Daikaya
  • Learn about how design can transform spaces and lives

ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling. The 20' high "water line" allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56', reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum.

What people are saying...

  • The Washington Post calls ICEBERGS "more relaxing and dreamier than The BEACH"
  • Fast Company says it's "simultaneously creating more architecture fans and more environmentally aware citizens"
  • Smithsonian Magazine calls it "beautiful and simple, while still showcasing how the materials and shapes come together to create a useable space"

Media Inquiries

Members of the media must schedule visits to the installation at least 24 hours in advance.
Contact the Marketing & Communications department to arrange a visit.

Related Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
Iceberg Facts and Resources
Check out DC Public Library's ICEBERGS-related reading lists for adults, teens, upper elementary, and early elementary


ICEBERGS is supported by The American Institute of Architects and Plazit-Polygal Group.

Live webcam technology by EarthCam


The Museum also acknowledges the following organizations for their support of ICEBERGS and Design Community Night:

The Meltzer Group
American Society of Landscape Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Atmosphere, Inc.
EYP Architecture & Engineering
STUDIOS Architecture