Figment 2013 Brings a Cloud of 50,000 Plastic Bottles to Governors Island

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Monday, November 19, 2012
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Head in the Clouds pavilion by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. (Courtesy Figment)

Head in the Clouds pavilion by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. (Courtesy Figment)

Each year, the AIANY’s Emerging New York Architect (ENYA) committee and the Structural Engineers Association of New York bring a whimsical, wondrous, and often absurd pavilion to New York’s Governors Island as part of the FIGMENT Festival. This year, FIGMENT held a design competition and 200 designers submitted proposals. The newly announced City of Dreams Competition winner for 2013 is Brooklyn-based Studio Klimoski Chang Architects and their sustainably-minded Head in the Clouds pavilion, comprised of metal rods, and thousands of plastic milk jugs and water bottles.

Head in the Clouds pavilion by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. (Courtesy Figment)

Head in the Clouds pavilion by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. (Courtesy Figment)

Head in the Clouds is really a collection of 120 “pillows” joined together to create a bumpy cloud filtering light into an occupiable space below. Designers Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang will partner with local schools and organizations to collect the 53,780 needed milk jugs and water bottles. From outside the pavilion, the array of plastic bottles will appear sparkling white, but inside with the help of a little water and blue-tinted water coloring, light shining through the pavilion will radiate in a variety of shades of blue.

The pavilion will be built and displayed on Governors Island during the summer of 2013 pending necessary permitting and fundraising. At the end o the summer, the pavilion will be recycled to help offset its carbon footprint. You can donate to the pavilion-building effort at the FIGMENT website.

Four other finalists were named in the competition and their proposals can be seen below: A cloud, in a tree by SAMPLES, Julien Boitard and Richard Nguyen, the Enneper Pavilion by Maria Mingallon, Fodder Form Pavilion by HuycKurlanDowling, Teddy Huyck, Alexis Kurland and Conner Dowling, and For Rent by MTWTHFSS, Ed Blumer and Pete Storey.

Head in the Clouds pavilion by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. (Courtesy Figment)

Head in the Clouds pavilion by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. (Courtesy Figment)

The Enneper pavilion by Maria Mingallon. (Courtesy Figment)

The Enneper pavilion by Maria Mingallon. (Courtesy Figment)

Fodder Form Pavilion by HuycKurlanDowling, Teddy Huyck, Alexis Kurland and Conner Dowling. (Courtesy Figment)

Fodder Form Pavilion by HuycKurlanDowling, Teddy Huyck, Alexis Kurland and Conner Dowling. (Courtesy Figment)

For Rent pavilion by MTWTHFSS, Ed Blumer and Pete Storey. (Courtesy Figment)

For Rent pavilion by MTWTHFSS, Ed Blumer and Pete Storey. (Courtesy Figment)

A cloud in a tree pavilion by SAMPLES, Julien Boitard and Richard Nguyen. (Courtesy Firment)

A cloud in a tree pavilion by SAMPLES, Julien Boitard and Richard Nguyen. (Courtesy Firment)

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