Hou de Sousa: ‘Ziggy’ is a Great Way to Socially Distance ~ Downtown on Water Street




Hou de Sousa: Ziggy. Image courtesy Flatiron Partnership and The Van Alen Institute on the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Plaza in 2019.

The Downtown Alliance has kicked-off the New Year with one of our favorite installations, Ziggy, located at 200 Water Street throughout Winter, 2021.

Hou de Sousa: Ziggy at Flatiron/23rd Street in 2019

New Yorkers might remember this installation as part of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s ‘23 Days of Flatiron Cheer‘ in 2019, and since we haven’t yet made it downtown, the images are from the 2019 installation.

Composed of painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord, Ziggy’s lightweight structure will dynamically filter its surroundings with shifting patterns, color, and light.

“Ziggy is a polyvalent creature that strings together gateways, apertures, and seating,” said Josh de Sousa, Principal & Co-Founder of Hou de Sousa. “This porous wall will welcome folks arriving from all directions while ringing in the holiday season with a flourish of color and light.”

Hou de Sousa is a New York-based architecture, art, and design studio focused on culturally progressive and environmentally responsible projects that foster public engagement and creativity. Over the past two years, Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa’s office has won open competitions and RFPs hosted by Google; Friends of the High Line; Georgetown BID; Socrates Sculpture Park; Dupont Underground; the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism; and the Architectural League of New York. The Ziggy project team also includes Powell Draper, Director of Operations at Schlaich Bergermann and Partner; Dan Bergsagel, Structural Engineer at Schlaich Bergermann and Partner; and steel fabrication by Brian Chu and Conor Coghlan, the Co-Founders of A05 Studio.

Design studio Hou de Souza: Ziggy is brought to you by Downtown Alliance.