Non-profit organization DawnTown recently announced the results of their second Design/Build competition, where entrants proposed their ideas to design the next temporary pavilion installation at HistoryMiami in Downtown Miami's Cultural Center.
The stakes were high from beginning to end as the jury narrowed the submissions from 100, to 15 finalists, and finally after much deliberation, the lucky winner.
This year's winner was "Pavilion MMM (Miami Many-a-chair Monument)" by Chicago-based team Design With Company, led by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer. However, because the competition was very close, Honorable Mentions were merited to "Courting Miami" by After-Architecture and "Ocular Dominance" by WE-DESIGNS.
Check out the proposals below.
Winner: Pavilion MMM (Miami Many-a-chair Monument)
By Design with Company
"The team describes their pavilion’s title as having a double meaning: it is both too small to be a full-scale monument as well as being made of many multi-colored ready-made chairs. The chairs here tell a story about Miami and the experience of the people that make up our multi-cultural city.
The designers explain this in a series of visual metaphors of a chair being found, it is then brought home where it is loved and becomes part of the furniture we grow up with, and eventually resold or given away to restart the process over again."
"Each chair will be turned into a swing and supported by a modular system of construction scaﬀolding. This clever use of structural support allows for quick assembly and easy enough to disassemble. The chairs will come from Miami’s own neighborhoods to be purchased at yard sales. Its interactivity and play of scale make for an interesting addition to the otherwise underused plaza."
By After-Architecture - Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumman
By WE-DESIGNS, led by Wendy W Fok and Kadri Kerge
Design with Company will set up Pavilion MMM at HistoryMiami in June with possible plans to have the installation travel to diﬀerent sites in and around Miami. A date for the grand opening celebration is yet to be announced.
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