Two Islands Wins Inaugural Flat Lot Competition in Flint

Update: Our friends at Two Islands have launched a Kickstarter campaing so you could also be part of the project. By pledging £5, you can have your own photo used in the ceiling of Mark's House (or £20 for a bigger one). You can send a photo, a sign, a collage or even a QR code, so get creative! Click here for all the information.

Occupying no more than eight parking spaces on Flint, Michigan’s central downtown parking lot, this temporary summer pavilion designed as an abstract, reflective and floating representation of a Michigander, Tudor-style home has been chosen as the winning scheme in the inaugural Flat Lot competition presented by Flint Public Art Project and the Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

More information on the winning scheme after the break...

Courtesy of Flint Public Art Project

Designed by Two Islands, a London-based design studio founded by William Villalobos, Cesc Massanas and Tomas Selva, the winning proposal, Mark’s House, serves as “a metaphor for both what the city has lost, as well as its ongoing revitalization”, while also providing a canopy, seating and a stage for Flat Lot events. In addition, the structure can hold up to 1,500 gallons of water, which can be released as a cooling spray during hot summer days.

Courtesy of Flint Public Art Project

Two Islands has received a $25,000 grand prize to design and build the project by June 14 for the Flint Art Walk. It will remain on site until Fall.

Honorable Mention:

  • Stage a Lot / KSE Studio (Sofia Krimizi and Kyriakos Kyriakou) of Brooklyn, NY
  • Building Bodies for Work / Wes Janz, Tim Gray, and Andrea Swartz of Ball State University
  • AC.H2O / Michael Ting of University of Calgary

2013 Jury:

  • Reed Kroloff, director, Cranbrook Academy of Art (panel chair)
  • Pedro Gadanho, curator of contemporary architecture, MOMA
  • John Gazall, Flint-based architect, board member, Downtown Development Authority, and member of AIA-Flint
  • John Henry, director, Flint Institute of Arts
  • Monica Ponce de Leon, dean, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture
  • Shannon Easter White, Flint-based architect and member of AIA-Flint
  • Stephen Zacks, executive director, Flint Public Art Project

Nearly 400 teams from more than 35 countries around the world registered for the competition, and 221 entries ultimately were submitted by the March 1 deadline.

via Flint Public Art Project

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Two Islands Wins Inaugural Flat Lot Competition in Flint" 09 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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