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Pavilion Competition winners

16 Apr 2010

Ann Ha and Behrang Behin are the winners of the first annual pavilion competition with their “Living Pavilion”.

The selection of “Living Pavilion” is the result of an international
design competition to design and build a pavilion as a central,
temporary gathering place on Governors Island. This competition is
unique in that it asked designers to consider the full lifecycle of
their proposals. With as little environmental impact as possible,
considerations included the sourcing, materials, placement,
de-installation, and the future of the pavilion once the summer has

“Living Pavilion” is a low-tech, zero-impact structure that employs
reclaimed milk crates as the framework for growing a planted “green
wall” surface. The pavilion’s construction is simple and modular,
relying on common materials such as heavy-duty packaging straps and
weather-treated wood for its assembly. Erected in the courtyard of
Liggett Hall for Governors Island’s summer season, the pavilion will
provide refuge from the heat in a shaded environment kept cool by the
evaporation from its planted surfaces. As the pavilion’s vaulted form
meets the ground, it unfolds into a mat of crates planted with crops
that can be harvested and distributed to the community. At the end of
the season, its modular design will allow easy disassembly and
distribution to the New York area for use in homes, public places, and
community gardens.


The competition was organised by FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architect Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).

The project will be assembled on Governors Island this spring, and will be open to the public from June 6 through October 3 2010.

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