City of Dreams Pavilion 2011 Competition – FIGMENT, ENYA, AIANY
Location: Governor’s Island, NY
Size: 1,500 SF
Completion: February 2011 entry
The Interwoven Pavilion is a study in contrasts. At first glance, it looks like a permanent monolith, but on closer inspection, visitors see that walls are woven from commonplace plastic bags. While just a few people are needed to build the pavilion, the material for the skin of the pavilion depends on the public. Using social media vehicles like Twitter and Facebook, the public was asked to donate plastic grocery bags that too often are used once and thrown away, only to litter our landscape and our oceans.
Woven panels of bags offer the Interwoven Pavilion a plastic skin of mixed translucency. Light breaks through the seams of the weave and scatters on the ground, while areas of dense weave create large patches
of shade. Color variations reflect different store brands. From the outside, the Interwoven Pavilion appears to be a half-solved puzzle where figures can be made out, but not faces. All serve to attract visitors who inspect and wonder.
At summer’s end, some of the woven panels can be made into long-lasting reusable bags — Interwoven Bags — and distributed to those who contributed to the Interwoven Pavilion. The bags then serve to remind us to reduce the use and disposal of all plastic bags. Though playful and temporary, the Interwoven Pavilion carries a hefty message about environmental sustainability through reuse and collaborative efforts: Meaningful environmental sustainability does not happen with just one person alone.
[designed while at Wilkinson Blender Architecture]