Non-profit organization DawnTown has chosen Design with Company as the winner of its second official design-build competition. The Chicago-based practice’s winning entry, Pavilion MMM (Miami Many-a-chair Monument), will tell the multicultural story of Miami through metaphor by constructing a temporary monument of recycled chairs collected from local yard sales on Miami’s Cultural Plaza.
The monument will depict the cyclical lifespan of these chairs, from their inclusion in a family’s furniture set, to their eventual discard or sale to another owner. Each of the chairs in the exhibit will be transformed into a swing, being mounted on modular scaffolding. This will provide a level of interactivity that will attract passersby to the neglected plaza.
Though the competition did not designate awards for anything other than first place, DawnTown jurors recognized two other exemplary project entries this year. Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumman of the team After Architecture, and Wendy W. Folk and Kadri Kerge of WE-DESIGNS all received Honorable Mention recognition from the competition jury.
Pavilion MMM will be erected in June to coincide with HistoryMiami, and will potentially be displayed at different sites throughout the city.