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Head in the Clouds Pavilion in New York City by STUDIOKCA
June 17th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: STUDIOKCA
The Head in the Clouds Pavilion on New York City’s Governors Island comes out of the desire to create a ‘place to dream in the city of dreams’. Made from 53,780 recycled plastic bottles – the amount, thrown away in New York City in 1 hour – it is a space where visitors can enter into and contemplate the light and color filtering through the ‘cloud’ from the inside, out.
A series of ‘pillows’ made from 1 gallon jugs form the exterior, while 16 and 24 ounce water bottles line the interior. A curved aluminum diagrid frame provides structural integrity and creates a small seating/dreaming area for 50 people at the base. Water bottles were filled with varying amounts of water and organic blue food coloring to provide ballast so that no foundation was needed.
More than 200 volunteers from the arts, architectural, and community at large helped build and assemble the pavilion. The team collected used empty plastic bottles from organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals throughout New York City and beyond, then repurposed the bottles to construct the pavilion.
All of the building components can be easily broken down and transported- including a collapsible aluminum diagrid frame- a simple way to provide the structural integrity without relying on heavy steel beams, or larger support systems. Rather than rely on high-tech fabrication techniques to turn the bottles and aluminum into cladding and structure, the design team created a simple, repetitive, cost-effective system of connections, in order to quickly and easily assemble this free, public structure.