The results are in for the New York State Pavilion ideas Competition! Co-launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the People for the Pavilion, architects and non-architects alike sent their boldest ideas on how they would revive the Philip Johnson-designed World’s Fair landmark into a contemporary public space.
From a burger museum to a Metro station to variations of botanical gardens, after reviewing over 250 submissions the jury awarded the coveted first prize to “Hanging Meadows” by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan of Seattle. The jury also named winners for 2nd and 3rd prize, and a winner for the special Queens Award — which recognizes inspiring ideas from local residents in Queens, where the Pavilion still stands. The public also got to play a part during the competition by voting for the Fan Favorite.
Check out the winning entries below.
1ST PLACE: Hanging Meadows by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan, Seattle, WA
Project summary: “This project seeks to rekindle the powerful legacy of the NY State Pavilion by repurposing the original structure to create a suspended natural environment. Hanging Meadows will collect, organize and exhibit flora native to particular parts of the Northeastern US.”
2ND PLACE: Civic Hub by Javier Salinas, New York, NY
Project summary: “Focusing on the community’s priorities and input, this multi-purpose space would work in conjunction with public programming. Shuttles from local community and senior centers would be sure to include everyone on the various local events and festivals that would be hosted in the open event space.”
3RD PLACE: Pavilion for the Community by Rishi Kejrewal and Shaurya Sharma, Bhopal, India
Project summary: “This plan would transform the Pavilion into a cultural marketplace working towards harmony through human interaction and sustainability. Features such as a communal children’s play area and solar panels pave the way towards a brighter future for the coming generations.”
Queens Winner: Pavilion Park by Cesar Juarez and Alida Rose Delaney, Queens, NY
Project summary: “‘Pavilion Park’ would seek to honor the historical significance of the space and convert the vacant Pavilion into a public park. With a focus on the integrity of the original structure, the flexible communal space would be centered around a stage with built-in stadium seating.”
Fan Favorite Winner: Tent of the Future by Houiji Ramzi, Saint Etienne, France
Project summary: “‘Tent of the Future’ is a combination between sustainable development and new technologies. The overall vision is to install solar panels on the Pavilion to capture energy that will diversify the activities inside the structure. The result is an open space accessible to all public.”