Winner of 2019 city of dreams competition by AIA New York, “Salvage Swings” is a fun and attractive pavilion designed by Somewhere Studio, which is led by Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless. Salvage Swings is intended to be built on Roosevelt Island and will be open for the public in the summer of 2019.
The pavilion will host some public arts events throughout the 2019 summer season by the non-profit arts organization Figment NYC. The annual competition is hosted by FIGMENT, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).
The project aims to use sustainable building material such as cross-laminated timber panels. The pavilion design will feature 12 identical swing modules that frame the swinger and the swinger’s view. An oversize finger joint will be used to bond the modules, which are the same in size but will be patterned with vibrant hatches and windows to give a unique look. The swings can be easily assembled and dissembled.
Swing seats were created from the material cut-out of the panels used for making windows. The structure of modules is assembled in a triangular form, allowing people to swing while creating covered seating areas and a clear visual field that enables hide-and-seek games. The temporary art structure, which utilizes scrap cross-laminated timber panels that are salvaged from a construction site at the University of Arkansas, is subject of fundraising and approvals. To support the fabrication, installation and maintenance of the pavilion, Salvage Swings is accepting tax-deductible donations.