Snow is a sustainable building material. It is disposable but generates no waste. It falls kilometers from its source but requires no carbon for its transport. It is renewable every winter. To shelter the thousands of spectators and athletes who converge on Mora every March, White is the New Green proposes a temporary village built from blocks of snow. The Vasaloppet ski race defines the park year-round, inhabiting the summertime landscape with traces of its wintertime visitors. As white turns to green the iGloo village melts into a seasonal landscape, leaving behind beds of flowers and marsh grasses that echo the spatial layout of the winter festival.
White is the New Green allows the permanent residents of the park to participate in the festival while preserving a private community. The apartment buildings fold around interior courtyards that provide retreats from the festival crowds; each apartment opens inwards to the private sphere and outwards to the public park. The buildings' exterior profile alternates between straight and concave, carving pockets of space within the park and articulating the housing blocks as distinctive icons within the urban fabric.