FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have announced the five finalists of the City of Dreams 2013-2014 Pavilion competition. The winner, to be announced on October 31, will design the fourth annual pavilion on New York’s Governors Island.
The temporary installation serves as a gathering place where visitors can experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. The “City of Dreams” theme imagines a future New York City where anything is possible.
The finalists include:
ArtCloud by IKAR (Warsaw, Poland)
ArtCloud transforms used clapboards into a modular free-form structure, creating a system that 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," the team said in its application.
Dreamcatcher by ManifoldArchitectureStudio (Brooklyn, New York)
The project team proposes a simple, circular, lightweight structure that captures a changing collection of balloons. Why balloons? “Because they’re joyful, uplifting and downright dreamy,” the team stated in their entry. “Choose your shade, let your balloon go, and dream a little dream.”
Governor’s Cup by CDR Studio (New York) with Sustainable Engineering Services
Hovering in a cluster of trees, the Governor’s Cup comprises recycled plastic cups supported by zip-ties from overhead cables to form a dense knitted structure unspooling from the unscathed branches. Crocheted repurposed cups fill in areas between the undulating structure and branches, creating an airborne topography and shadow play.
MÖBI water tower pavilion by STUDIO V Architecture (New York) with FTL Design Engineering Studio and Plaxall
Constructed from recycled redwood and cedar planks rescued from decommissioned water tanks, MÖBI takes its inspiration from the infinite surfaces and curves of a Möbius strip. The prefabricated project will be repurposed again as a wooden deck and furniture for STUDIO V’s design for the LIC Biergarten.
Urban Accordion by afoam (New York)
In their entry, the project team describes Urban Accordion as “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. Meanwhile, the space contained by the structures forms a larger communal area for events and chance encounters.
Competition jurors include John Czarnecki, Contract editor in chief; Susannah C. Drake, dlandstudio; Mark L. Gardner, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects; Marc Leff, Deborah Berke & Partners; and Scott Lomax, Thornton Tomasetti. Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny of Situ Studio will serve as a design mentor to the finalists and winning design team.