Somewhere Studio, led by Charles Sharpless MArch ’12 and Jessica Colangelo, has won the 2019 City of Dreams competition with their design Salvage Swings. Hosted by Figment NYC, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), the annual competition is to design and construct a pavilion in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island.
Salvage Swings consists of 12 modules made of salvaged cross laminated timber that are arranged to create a gathering space and a backdrop for the festival. The Arkansas-based studio will be fabricating the project entirely in Arkansas and the wood will all be sourced from scrap from a local dormitory project.
The project has received a $7,000 grant from Figment to get started, but needs additional support. Visit the project’s Kickstarter campaign to help bring the pavilion fully to life!
In addition to running Somewhere Studio, Sharpless currently teaches at the University of Arkansas.
Images courtesy of Somewhere Studio.
Update 5/29/2019: Salvage Swings will open to the public during the Figment Arts Festival on June 1-2, 2019. The pavilion will subsequently be on display in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island in NYC. The Figment Arts Festival is free and open to the public. Free ticket required. Learn more.