Selected as one of five finalists for a temoporary pavilion on Governor's Island.
What if we designed structures that contribute to the natural environment, instead of depleting it? What if we could build a temporary structure that dissolved and left a garden in its absence? The Seed Cone Pavilion is inspired by the cone of the Pitch Pine Tree native to Governor’s Island. We reconsidered the call for net zero impact and conceived a reusable, transportable structure that is recharged to restore indigenous plant life to any context in which it is placed. The Pavilion’s form easily accommodates varied programs and events such as musical performances and educational classes, in addition to providing simple, elegant shelter from sun, wind, and rain. The design pays homage to the island’s history by leaving a planted footprint that grows, expands and blurs over time, restoring the natural landscape, and supporting local insects and fauna for many seasons beyond summer of 2017.