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London trio wins Michigan pavilion contest

Judges pick ‘poetic and bold’ proposal for $25,000 temporary structure over car park in Flint, Michigan, birthplace of General Motors

A London-based trio of architects and designers who met at Foster + Partners have won an international contest to build a summer pavilion in downtown Flint, Michigan.

The temporary scheme by Two Islands Studio, founded by William Villalobos, Cesc Massanas and Tom Selva, will ‘float’ above the town’s central car park. Entitled Mark’s House, it is described as a ‘metaphor both for what the city has lost as well as its on-going revitalisation’ and is based on the story of an imaginary Flint resident whose family home is repossessed.

The $25,000 structure will be clad in reflective panels, sit on top of a mirrored pedestal and hold up to 1,500 gallons of water, which can be released as a cooling spray during hot summer days.

Described by the judges as a ‘poetic and bold structure’, the scheme was designed with NousEngineering and MF architecture and will open on 14 June.

The contest was organised as part of the Flint Public Art Project with the backing of the Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

‘The winning proposal shows how art and design can transform Flint’s public spaces,’ said City of Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. ‘This project will provide an amenity for all Flint residents and visitors to all of our great summer events at the Flat Lot.’

Three other projects received honorable mention:
·Stage a Lot by KSE Studio (Sofia Krimizi and Kyriakos Kyriakou) of Brooklyn, New York
·Building Bodies for Work by Wes Janz, Tim Gray, and Andrea Swartz of Ball State University
·AC.H2O by Mike Ting of British Columbia, Canada

Runner-up: AC.H2O by Mike Ting of British Columbia, Canada

Runner-up: AC.H2O by Mike Ting of British Columbia, Canada





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