by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects
Built out of waste materials, our 95sqm canopy promotes cycling and allows 500,000 visitors to chill out under NY’s biggest bouquet.
FIGMENT, AIANY-ENYA, SEAoNY and NYC asked the World: ‘If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?’
We answered: ‘A future which is colourful, hopeful, and optimistic, with structures based on nature, a future made from reused umbrellas and bike wheels and open to everyone!’
They agreed! We are the City of Dreams International Competition Winners. Let’s create the future together!
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Since 2010, 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 hosted a competition to design and construct the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion on Governors Island, NY. The theme of ‘the City of Dreams’ looks to the future – of cities, people and crucially, to our relationship with materials and the sustainability of our environment.
They asked entrants to consider how architecture and design can address these concerns through the materials, practices and relationships they embed within their design.
Our winning design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. Flower structures such as those found in hydrangeas have the ability to respond to the natural environment, growing and morphing to remain in balance with nature. We believe architecture must adopt a similar responsiveness, adapting to uncertain budgets, social change and ecological dynamics naturally, beautifully and intuitively.
Our proposal is intended as a sheltered gathering place for 50 or more people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, engage with performances or lectures, and the historic context of Governors Island.
Izaskun Chinchilla? >>> Izaskun by herself “Hi!, my name is Izaskun Chinchilla. Since 2001, I am a Master Architect from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).I am Senior Teaching Fellow, Senior Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow at the Barlett School of Architecture (University College London, UK). I am founder and principal partner of one of the very few international architectural offices directed by women and I am a mother of a still breastfed three year old child.”
Ciudad: New York