Catch of the Day

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In collaboration with Larry Krone, artist and entertainer.

We, a collaborative architect/artist team, propose Catch of the Day, a pavilion that physically, visually, and conceptually joins rigidity of structure with flexibility of material. Grounded in three tensegrity-type, geometric, austerely efficient structures made from recyclable materials, Catch of the Day becomes a playful portrait of New York City with the adornment of coverings made from a collection of reclaimed vinyl banners—previously used as local advertising and public signage—combined with glittering leftover holiday party decorations and colorful remnants of weatherproof material. Following the lead of contemporary restaurants’ “farm to table” modality, where daily menus are developed based on what is most available and fresh, the look and method covering the pavilion will depend on the materials we are able to find and reclaim from businesses and donors in the city. Ultimately, through use of material, respect for the site, and consideration for the environment, Catch of the Day will serve as a physical analogy for the harmonious contrasts of New York City life itself where stringency and careful planning share space with spontaneity and chance, and practical sensibility coexists amicably with whimsy and play.

The pavilion touches the ground very lightly, physically—in only 9 points—and metaphorically—as any environmentally conscious construction should do. Tensegrity structures are both light and self-stable, and research on precedent case studies has shown that all they need are shallow foundations. Due to the presense of the pavilion’s roof, however, it might be necessary to tie these tensegrity structures to the ground with galvanized steel wire rope cables.

The pavilion is comprised of 3 tensegrity structures. All of them are built with the same set of materials: 6 twenty-two foot long painted Sonotubes and galvanized steel wire rope cables tightened with turnbuckles. The roof is made out of discarded vinyl signs cut into 6” wide strips woven with recycled holiday party decorations. Found images once rejected are now bordered in shimmering color endowing them with new content and life. There are 8 roofs spanning within and between the three tensegrity structures. They will all be manufactured following the same systematic process but, based on the availability of materials, the results of each roof will be different. These roof panels become art pieces in themselves, tying into a larger body of existing work whose content is rooted in the chance history inherent in found materials. The individual roof pieces are attached to the main tensegrity structures with aluminium bands.

Competition boards are available here.

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Project Data

Catch of the Day
Competition Proposal
Figment Festival at Governor’s Island, New York, USA
May 2012

Design Team: Larry Krone, Sergio Lopez-Pineiro
Submitted to: City of Dreams Pavilion Competition 2012-2013, organized by Figment NYC, New York, USA

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