As we mentioned over the weekend, the winners for Architizer + The Knot’s Pop Up Chapel Competition were chosen last Friday at The Knot HQ. In celebration of last month's historic legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, we asked you to submit designs for two pop up chapels to be erected for a day-long ceremony, to be hosted by The Knot.com in Central Park. We gave you just 10 days to get working, and you did it, with over 56 designers having submitted their proposals last Thursday. Today, we bring you the top 2 winners, whose designs will be constructed this Saturday, July 30, at Merchants' Gate in Central Park.
Z-A Studio's "KISS" is a tulip-like volume, comprised of gently caressing waves of stacked recycled honeycomb cardboard. The ensemble is supported by a plywood base, while all materials will be affixed using common wood glue. The architects suggest that the union of the two delicate forms creates a "stable entity, that is more than the sum of its parts"--an apt description of marriage, we think. When abstracted the same sentiment speaks to the nature of architectonics and space, which, perhaps, is only made present by the joining of constituencies. The formal motif can also be extended to other parts of the site, with curving tables and benches accommodating guests and other couples. We also loved the architect's adorable send off: "Give KISS a chance!"
ICRAVE's Pop Up Chapel is an effervescent cascade of hanging ribbons which sets a colorful backdrop to the day's happy proceedings. The chapel's form is a metal frame covered with white ribbon, whose ceiling is a lightweight wire mesh to which vibrant, multicolored ribbons are fastened. The ribbons vary in length and are patterned to create a parabola-shaped interior gathering space, under which will the nuptials will take place. When the day has passed, the ribbons will be handed out to the married couples as keepsakes. All we can say is, "Yay!"
Stay tuned for our 3 runner-up projects! We'll keep you posted abut the chapels' assemblage and photos of this Saturday's events! Thanks again to everyone for helping us support this wonderful cause. And lest we forget, congratulations to all those who were married this past Sunday!