Manhattan, NY (U.S.A.)

Organic Growth Pavilion

Our pavilion states the “city of dreams”, the “city of tomorrow” will have learnt further lessons from nature. We have carefully studied natural structures that can grow up and down to adapt context and time circumstances. The morphology of the hydrangea plan has been particularly useful. Mophead flowers are large round flower heads resembling domes. The number of mophead flowers that can be found in a plant depends on the age, orientation, humidity, light, or quality of the soil among others. The plant grows keeping a good balance with the environment. Shouldn’t the ‘city of dreams’ does the same? Architecture must learn to adapt to uncertain budgets, social changing requirements, and ecological dynamics. The philosophy of an organic growth: keeping ideas flexible so that can be adapted to real necessities, becomes crucial. This logic also provides a biophilic aspect to our proposal. Learning from nature helps taking care of human wellbeing naturally, beautifully, and intuitively.

We have only considered materials with an environmentally friendly production. All the pieces included in this design can be already used before assembling. Broken umbrellas, old stools or crashed bicycle wheels are all useful. There are already several institutions in NY recycling bicycles and furniture that can provide used units. Although we are very happy to discuss any decision about pavilion reuse with FIGMENT/ENYA/SEA o NY we find it fundamental to provide options. We think reusing isolated elements is much more viable than reusing the pavilion as a whole and that’s also why our design is formed by self-supported smaller units. Branches composed by several umbrellas and tripods, as well as stools, can be easily reused as sun, wind and rain protectors in windows, terraces, or outdoor spaces all around the city. Bigger elements can be beautiful indoor chandeliers. Both elements can be useful for community centres or NGO’s.

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