Governor's Cup Pavilion

Summer 2014
Victoria Rospond
Jonathan Dreyfous
Ekaterina Zavyalova
Kimberly Tate
Rehanna Rojiani
Shu Yang
Rachele Ryan
Natalie Hamshaw
Philipp Siedler
Federico Bautista
Governor's Island, New York

CDR Studio’s Governor’s Cup Pavilion

CDR Studio Architect’s winning submission for the City of Dreams Pavilion design competition was displayed on Governors Island for the 2014 summer. The annual competition was started by participatory arts organization FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).  The intent of the competition is to inspire collaboration within New York’s artistic and architectural design communities.

DIY by the Many Hands

In fabricating the Governor’s Cup, CDR Studio was able to bring together a robust design team, a troop of 100+ volunteers, and numerous other support to help them bring their vision to reality. They successfully gathered over 30,000 recycled plastic cups from venues throughout the city.  CDR Studio managed to crowd-source over $14,000 to help pay for the pavilion’s construction – a record for this five-year annual competition – and its volunteers were an integral part of every phase of the pavilion’s realization. Volunteers met in the CDR Studio twice a week, helping to drill holes in the recycled cups, glue them together, and create the modules that would eventually form the serpentine pieces of the pavilion. CDR received structural assistance from the Robert Silman Associates.

Destined for land-fill, now floating in the sky.

The result of this far-reaching team work was an innovative pavilion located in one of New York’s most unique public spaces. Inspired by the structural strategies of tape-lace crochet techniques, CDR’s Governor’s Cup is a nod to the 100 billion cups that accumulate in landfills each year. The tape-beam loops wrap in, through and around trees forming a serpentine canopy which is in-filled with lacy constellations of cups.  The passage of the sun over the day is reflected in the lantern-like luminosity of different densities of the plastic pavilion.  Wind audibly filters through the cups. 

Governor’s Cup Pavilion formed a place for gathering, interaction, and performance.  It was a playground for kids and adults.