Izaskun Chinchilla Architects have made their recycled, upcycled, and bicycled “Organic Growth Pavilion” a reality on New York’s Governors Island. One of two winners of the “City of Dreams” pavilion competition (hosted by AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee and the Structural Engineers Association of New York), Izaskun Chinchilla Architects carried out a kickstarter campaign to fund the pavilion’s construction.
The Organic Growth Pavilion is predicated on two simple, yet profound, ideas: adopt architectural and structural principles from the morphology of adaptive plants and organisms, and source all components from secondhand and recycled materials.
All the components involved in the structure’s assembly were used before as something else. Structural framing consisted of used umbrellas, stools and tripods. Shading devices were built out of umbrella tops and recycled bicycle wheels. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ intention for the Organic Growth Pavilion was to be able to dismantle and reassemble as needed, potentially building more smaller constructions, or combining it into a larger one in the future.
In March of 2015, the architects launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the material acquisition and construction of the Organic Growth Pavilion. Over 450 individuals and organizations pledged to help financially, as well as with physical labor.