Organic Growth. Izaskun Chinchilla to build the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion

Izaskun Chinchilla’s winning design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. The proposed design employs old umbrellas, stools and bicycle wheels, giving them a new life after they have become unfit for their original purpose.


Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla


Since 2010, FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have hosted a competition to design and build an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, NY. This year, along with American office BanG Studio, Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla has won the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion competition. The Pavilion is intended to be a sheltered gathering place for 50 or more people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, engage in a performance or lecture, and the historic context of Governors Island. 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. The competition asks entrants to consider how architecture and design can address these concerns through the materials, practices and relationships they embed within their design.


Andrés Jaque to built COSMOS, water-purifying pipe network for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

When each cycle is complete, the structure will light up in celebration offering a colourful background to the gallery’s summer music programme, known as the Warm Up sessions.


©Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

COSMOS ©Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announce Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. Now in its 16th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. Andrés Jaque, drawn from among five finalists, will design a temporary urban landscape for the 2015 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

This distinction joins other recently achieved by Jaque and his team: Silver Lion for best research project at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, with ‘Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the politics of direct-to-home TV urbanism ‘. (more…)