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“Ice” Castle In An Urban Winter Wonderland

Winter in NYC is a truly magical time. The stores fill their windows with holiday displays and the streets are strung with bright lights. People shuffle around with smiles and scarves anticipating what each city block and park has to offer. NYC never disappoints and this year was no different.

From January 27th to February 4th EverBlock Systems worked with Bryant Park and Bank Of America to build the 2nd annual “ice” castle for their Winter Carnival.

This was the 3rd annual Winter Carnival event that Bryant Park held, and EverBlock’s 2nd year building an urban interpretation of an “ice” castle… This year’s castle was even bigger and better than last year.

It all started in our 3D Builder, where our designers worked layer by layer to design the 10ft castle with our modular building blocks. From there we had a rendering to work off of while we built and staged the castle (no tools required).

EverBlock Systems 3D rendering of the "ice" castle

EverBlock Systems 3D rendering of the "ice" castle

Over 1,800 blocks were used to create the “ice” castle and arches and it took roughly 6 hours to build. People walking by couldn’t help but stop and ask what the end result would look like; some even pulled up chairs with hot chocolate in hand and watched block by block as the”ice” castle came together.

The Bryant Park Winter Carnival was filled with winter village tents offering hot food and beverages. For nine days NYC natives and visitors alike filled the park to ice skate, listen to music and warm up in the lodge. There was even a special ice skating showcase starring Olympian, Johnny Weir.

(Photo Credit: Bryant Park -  http://wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival )

(Photo Credit: Bryant Park - http://wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival)

(Photo Credit: Bryant Park -  http://wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival )

(Photo Credit: Bryant Park - http://wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival)

Come nightfall the castle was lit by colorful dramatic uplighting which made for the perfect scene for selfie central.

(Photo Credit: Bryant Park -  http://wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival )

(Photo Credit: Bryant Park - http://wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival)

Check out the fun time-lapse video of the “ice” castle being built from start to finish, and be sure to visit Bryant Park next year for their 4th annual Winter Carnival with Bank Of America. We are planning a huge build that will give you ‘chills’.

EverBlock Systems offers reusable modular building blocks that can be used to build objects for all types of unique applications. From decor at events, structures for disaster relief, architectural elements and accents, furniture, props, trade show displays and so much more EverBlock modules make the perfect system for all types of creations and design ideas… You are limited only by your imagination.  

Visit the EverBlock website and let’s build something incredible together.

Gotta Build-Em All

When we're not busy building here at EverBlock, we're out "catching 'em all" too! Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm since it launched on July 6th. People of all ages have downloaded the app and taken part in training and battling in their neighborhoods. 

Early 2000s nostalgia surrounding the Pokémon resurgence couples perfectly with our giant building blocks which throw us back to our childhood days. So...... we decided to come up with some Pokémon-inspired designs in our Virtual 3D Builder. You can find these and other cool characters in the library catalogue within the builder.

Get your Ash-ish, Misty-ish and Brock-ish on and build your own life-size, 3D Poké-like creations to liven up your homes, stores, offices, or neighborhood battle gyms! 


EverBlock's "I Choose You" Contest

Build your very own 3D, virtual, Pokémon-like character and enter for a chance to win a FREE 29 piece EverBlock starter kit!

We want to see the COOLEST creations you can come up with!


Here's how to enter:

  1. Build your very own figure in our VIRTUAL 3D BUILDER
  2. Save your work! Be sure to include your:
  • Name
  • Email
  • Shipping Address
  • Title your piece "Contest Entry"

*Tip: Try a building technique that creates a stable object, i.e. stagger blocks so the figure can support itself and blocks aren't just stacked one upon the other.*


Enter before 5:00pm Friday, August 5th, eastern time -- winner announced Monday morning, august 8th


We are accepting entries from all over the globe and will be sharing the best designs on social media. The WINNER will be chosen from the continental U.S. only and will be announced on Facebook and Twitter and notified via email to claim their prize, a 29 piece combo pack in the color(s) of their choice. 

Note: All design entries will become the sole property of EverBlock Systems, LLC and may be used any time for any reason at the discretion of the company.

We can't wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to share with all your friends, coworkers, and fellow trainers out there! GO TEAM!


Pokémon, Pokémon character names, are trademarks of Nintendo. Any reference to Pokémon or Pokémon character names is not meant to create or imply any association between Nintendo and EverBlock or Niantic and EverBlock. EverBlock is not affiliated with Nintendo or Niantic. Pokémon and the Pokémon logo are registered trademarks of Nintendo. Nintendo does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this organization, its affiliates, its products, or its programs. 


EverBlock assists major art exhibit at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Photo credits: Abbey Party Rents SF

Photo credits: Abbey Party Rents SF

Renowned LA based photographer, Andrew George, brought his stunning "Right, before I die," an exhibition of portraits and testimonies of twenty palliative care patients, from its stay at the Musea Brugge in Belgium to San Francisco for its US premier. Grace's grandeur, gothic architecture was the perfect setting for the contemporary, yet timeless work of art. 

EverBlock served as the story wall for this full scale installation. Over 2200 black blocks compiled the 120 foot long, 9 foot high wall. Abbey Party Rents SF installed the wall with a just a few team members in under 4 hours. The portraits and writings were mounted to the blocks and lighting was attached above to highlight each story.

The solidity and sturdiness of the EverBlock wall was a good match for the gravity and solemness of the subject matter of the artwork. The monochromatic black offered a clean and elegant backdrop, allowing the art to be the centerpiece.

Photo Credits: 'Right, before I die' Facebook

Photo Credits: 'Right, before I die' Facebook

"Right, before I die" is currently on display at Grace Cathedral through August 10th and is free to the public. Its next residence will be at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where the monumental work will adorn another EverBlock wall built into a brand new design.

EverBlock is honored to have been a part of such a profound and moving installation at Grace Cathedral.

Learn more about Andrew George and the RBID project HERE.

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To be yourself, to know and love what you live with
— DAMIEN RICE, It Takes A Lot To Know A Man

EverBlock heads to the World Trade Center for Life-size Architectural Modeling

EverBlock's expert design-and-build duo, Ben MacKrell and Arnon Rosan, headed to the World Trade Center's 84th floor to assist in the installation of a life-size model hotel room earlier this May.

The project team reviewing an overhead A/C unit concept.

The project team reviewing an overhead A/C unit concept.

The project is for an upcoming renovation of a 1960's NYC landmark building (we'll be sure to tell you where as soon as we can!), so it was only natural that the life-size rendering also took place in an iconic NYC building. And what a view! One World Trade certainly lives up to its impressive stature, inside and out.

Positioning of "beds" and a "desk" to better understand room flow and feel. Note second A/C concept with column on right 

Positioning of "beds" and a "desk" to better understand room flow and feel. Note second A/C concept with column on right 

Construction on the site is set to begin this coming August, but until then, designs are not yet set in stone. So EverBlock was brought in to assist with the remodeling plans. While designs and layouts are finalized, the construction company, developers, and architects will be able to play and plan in a truly to-scale model of their projected hotel rooms. They can breakdown the block walls into various configurations; moving a HVAC column or doorway threshold from one place to another, creating single bedrooms, suites and more.

All the stake holders were on site for the initial build. The plans were taped out on the floor and as Ben put it, they "colored between the lines" with the blocks, building a full bedroom, bathroom and hallway. Model furniture was laid out and moved around as well; bed frames and bathroom vanities repositioned at whim. The whole full scale build, with turns and curves and columns took under two hours to complete; a seemingly simple project for such extraordinary benefits. Now the engineering team involved will be able to fully immerse themselves in the actual, physical architecture and decor of the room to make the best possible decisions about design and function. 

This experiential prototype allows the planners to test different dimensions and get the full feeling of the space. It becomes easier to communicate different aspects of the architectural and structural design as well as envision decor and accent choices when working in true to size and not just miniature cardboard scale models. The existing architecture of the WTC played a role in the building of each space. Having windows with actual skyline views where the windows are meant to be in the hotel room, is a pretty cool feature!

At the completion of the dry-run planning, EverBlock's team will head back to the WTC and disassemble the walls of blocks, pack them back on the pallets and ship back to the warehouse in the Bronx. The architects and development crews will take their finalized plans and go on to revamp this forgotten landmark back to the legendary status it deserves.

Check out the pictures below of the build: