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ARCHITECTS JUMP IN WITH CONEY DESIGN

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A team comprising four young British-based architects has won a top international design competition in the US. Kevin Carmody, Andrew Groarke, Chris Hardie and Lewis Kinneir, who are all former David Chipperfield employees, saw off more than 850 competitors from 46 countries to win the right to design a new pavilion for the famous parachute jump at Coney Island, New York.

The pavilion aims to create a new attraction adjacent to the parachute jump - an extraordinary iron structure built in the '40s to simulate the parachuting experience.

Carmody, Groarke, Hardie and Kinneir's designs include a matrix of lightbulbs rising 9m into the air, which should complement the 76m tower.

The windows that puncture the building are placed strategically for views looking up to the jump, back to the city and out to sea. Internally, the scheme will include a large gallery space, shop, café and restaurant. The project is key to New York City's efforts to regenerate Coney Island, an area that was once an enormous thriving fairground.

The Parachute Jump Pavilion competition was run by the Coney Island Development Corporation in conjunction with the Van Alen Institute, a US design charity.

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