FIGMENT, ENYA, and SEAoNY announced the five finalists for this year's City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. Since the competition series began in 2010, entrants are asked to create a pavilion that has zero environmental impact and serves as a model of innovative, truly sustainable design and construction. The winning project will then be constructed for a period of time.
In the first stage of the competition, the jury and other industry professionals select the finalists and give comments to those projects. The finalists have the option to revise their proposals until Sept. 30. Finally, the jury will reconvene and select the winner by Oct. 31.
The finalists are:
Judging in this year's jury are: John Czarnecki (Assoc. AIA, Editor-in-Chief, Contract); Susannah C. Drake (ASLA, AIA, Principal, dlandstudio); Mark L. Gardner (AIA, NOMA, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects); Marc Leff (AIA, Partner, Deborah Berke & Partners); Scott Lomax (Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti).
Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Partner, Situ Studio, will serve as a design mentor to the finalists and winning design team.
The winning project will be constructed on Governors Island in New York City for the Summer 2014 season.
Take a look at the finalist projects below.
ArtCloud by IKAR (Warsaw, Poland)
Project team: Igor Bialorucki; Konrad Kedzierski; Anna Granacka; Rafal Boguszewski
"The future of the city will be determined by a creative mix of technology and culture, and an even more creative reuse of materials. As cities are an amazingly rich source of materials the ArtCloud Pavilion reuses clapboards and transforms them to a free-form structure that is composed for 99% with modules. The system allows visitors to choose and personalize their own piece of ArtCloud. Modular architecture makes people more carefully consider issues of optimization and prefabrication, and saves time and energy during construction. Without a doubt ArtCloud is a direct path to wiser thinking about sustainable living."
Dreamcatcher by ManifoldArchitectureStudio (Brooklyn, NY)
Project team: Kit von Dalwig, R.A., AIA; Philipp von Dalwig, Dipl. Ing., Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Andreea Toca; Jane Chua
"Dreamcatcher, a pavilion where imaginations are lifted, elevating your dreams, captures dreams at the idyllic meeting point of Governors Island, where people from all parts of New York can gather and encounter an experience unlike any other. We are proposing a simple, circular, lightweight structure that captures a changing collection of balloons. Why balloons? Because they’re joyful, uplifting and downright dreamy. Choose your shade, let your balloon go, and dream a little dream."
Governor’s Cup by CDR Studio (New York, NY) with Sustainable Engineering Services
Project team: Lea H. Cloud, AIA, LEED AP BD + C; Jonathan Dreyfous, AIA, LEED AP; Victoria A. Rospond, AIA; Katya Zavyalova; Michael Baskett, AIA; Trevor Messinger; Tiffany Jin; and Yelena Rayster
"The Governor’s Cup Pavilion hovers in a cluster of trees on the northern side of the Parade Ground. Recycled plastic cups, sourced and discarded throughout the city, are supported by zip-ties from overhead cables, forming a dense knitted structure unspooling from the branches. Strapping and turn-buckled cabling leave the trees unscathed. Crocheted repurposed cups infill areas between the undulated tape structure and branches, creating an airborne topography and shadow play. The configuration forms an outdoor room, shimmering in the sun and echoing with breeze-driven sound. The Greenpoint non-profit Arts@Renaissance will claim the Pavilion for their courtyard gallery space."
MÖBI water tower pavilion by STUDIO V Architecture (New York, NY) with FTL Design Engineering Studio and Plaxall
Project team: Jay Valgora, AIA; Nic Goldsmith, FAIA; Andrew Kirby; James Andrew Scott; Karen Zabarsky; Lucas Lind; Laurie Mendez; Zhongtian Lin; Dilpreet Gil; Natasha Amladi
"Inspired by the infinite surfaces and curves of a Möbius strip, MÖBI water tower pavilion expresses the potential of adaptation, life cycle, and reuse of materials in the urban landscape. New York City’s ubiquitous and iconic water towers are transformed through STUDIO V’s design into a gathering space that celebrates Governors Island. Constructed from recycled redwood and cedar planks rescued from decommissioned water tanks, MÖBI offers a pre-fabricated, ecological construction process and multi-use environment that will afterwards be repurposed yet again—as wooden deck and furniture for our design for the LIC Biergarten. Much like Governors Island, MÖBI is designed for continuous adaptation and interpretation to serve the NYC community."
Urban Accordion by afoam (New York, NY)
Project team: Lina Bondarenko, Xiao Chen, Sunchung Min, Mario Mohan, Marvin Nardo, Michael Nartey, Wei-Yi Tseng, Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich, Yaya Wang, Andrew Weigand, Wanjing Xiao, Ye Zhang
"Our present city is overrun by private buildings, limiting access to public space. Urban Accordion is a microcosm of an alternate urban condition: a City of Dreams. Four fabric ‘blocks’ expand and contract, creating different levels of enclosure to suit a range of programming, while the space contained by the structures forms a larger communal area for events and chance encounters between the juxtaposed programs. Urban Accordion is a new urban condition: a flexible assembly for serendipity and public events that fluctuates to meet users’ demands."
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